Never See A Unicorn

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Today’s photo-lyric is inspired by St. Patrick’s Day.  One popular Irish song, drinking or otherwise, is “The Unicorn Song”, which offers up one explanation for why “You’ll never see a unicorn, to this very day”.  The song was written by Shel Silverstein and this video with lyrics is sung by the Irish Rovers.  Whether you like the song or not, it’s the impetus behind today’s prompt.  Supposing unicorns had existed, write a little Flashy Fiction that explains how they disappeared.

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*The images making up the photo lyric are courtesy of Pixabay

The Unicorn
Shel Silverstein

A long time ago, when the earth was still green,
There were more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen;
They’d run around free while the earth was being born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.

There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.

Now God seen some sinnin’ and it gave Him pain.
And He said, “Stand back, I’m going to make it rain.”
He said, “Hey, brother Noah, I’ll tell you what to do.
Build me a floating zoo.”

And take some of them green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
Don’t you forget my Unicorn.”

Old Noah was there to answer the call,
He finished up making the Ark just as the rain started fallin’,
He marched in the animals two by two
And he called out as they went through,
“Hey, Lord: I’ve got yer….

Green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but Lord, I’m so forlorn,
I just can’t see no Unicorn.”

Old Noah looked out into the driving rain,
Them Unicorns was hiding, playing silly games,
Kicking and splashing while the rain was pouring,
Oh, them silly Unicorns.

There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Noah cried, “Close the doors ’cause the rain is pourin’,
And we just can’t wait for no Unicorns.”

The Ark started movin’, it drifted with the tide,
Them Unicorns looked up from the rock and they cried,
And the waters came down and sorta floated them away,
That’s why you’ll never see a Unicorn, to this very day.

You’ll see green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
You’re never gonna see no Unicorn.

Songwriters: SHEL SILVERSTEIN
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., T.R.O. INC.

Characterization: Love Hate

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Polarizing figures.  Some love them.  Some hate them.  Very few fall in the middle.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which you create a character that is polarizing:  loved by many, hated by just as many.  Or take it a slightly different way and create a character that a person or many people love to hate.  You know the type, the person/group that no one likes or approves of, but can’t stop talking about them, following them on social media, or watching the TV when a blurb about them comes on.  Whichever type you choose, don’t just describe the character(s).  Bring them to life through conversation and/or actions.

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*The image above is courtesy of Pixabay

Going Mental

Personaimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Let’s explore the mind this week.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that takes place all in the head of the protagonist.  Maybe it’s an inner discussion, trying to decide on a course of action.  Maybe it’s a battle of the id, ego, and superego, or a struggle to maintain sanity.  Maybe the conflict is trying to sort through an over-abundance of information, an over stimulation.  Or, maybe you have a protagonist in complete control learning…perhaps learning how to slip outside of their own mind.

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Empty Soul

George Michael photo lyric

Today’s photo-lyric prompt contains lines from two of George Michael’s songs.  “I think there’s something you should know…” comes from his hit song Freedom ’90 from his album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1.  The other lyric, “And the road that I have walked upon…”, is from Waiting (reprise) on the same album.  While George Micheal was a hugely successful musician, these are just a few of the lyrics in his songs that reveal a tortured soul, caught between playing the superstar for the record labels and trying to be himself.  Unfortunately, his demons finally claimed him this past Christmas day.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which your protagonist struggles with their inner demon, but unlike so many musicians, let’s see how your protagonist wins the fight.

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*The image above is the cover art from his Older album.