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.

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.

Valhalla, I am coming!

Viking Ship Statue in Reyjkavik

The lines in today’s photo-lyric prompt are from Led Zepplin’sImmigrant Song“, a referencing Norse mythology and more of an invasion than immigration.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that has a mythological theme, maybe Norse if you’re familiar with it.  If not, just go with vikings raiding and pillaging…or maybe your protagonist is railing against the typical viking attitude and is looking to convince them to peacefully migrate into new lands.

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

Look Out My Window

Amandla Awethu

The lines in today’s photo-lyric prompt are from Cinderella’sHeartbreak Station“, a song about lost love and finally deciding to move on.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that explores the idea of watching your life happen.  For good or bad, have your protagonist stuck (physically, mentally, or emotionally) where they are helpless to control what’s going on in their life; no matter what they do or say, they can’t seem to affect it.

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

Impossible Dream

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Today’s photo-lyric prompt includes lines from The Impossible Dream, a song from the musical, Man of La Mancha, based on the story, Don Quixote. The picture is a representation of Don Quixote in front of modern day windmills.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that showcases your protagonists battle or struggle against a seemingly unbeatable foe, standing up for what’s right against all odds, or literally leading a charge into Hell.  Maybe people think your protagonist is “a little touched”.  Maybe she really has been touched by the Gods to fight this battle.  The key is that the fight/struggle should be to overcome incredible odds and the protagonist should have unwavering faith in her cause.

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

Amandla Awethu!

Amandla Awethu

The lines in today’s photo-lyric prompt are from UB40’sSing Our Own Song“, an anti-Apartheid protest song released in 1986 that included the popular chant of Amandla Awethu, meaning “Power to the People”.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that centers around a champion of the people fighting against an oppressive government, or someone struggling to live within an oppressed society.  In either of those scenarios, the protagonist could be from the oppressed or the more-free part of society.  Instead of casting the governmental leader in the stereotypical role of antagonist, try making her the protagonist.  Maybe try to find a humorous take on a typically serious topic.

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

Shut Up and Dance

Shut Up and Dance

Today’s lyric comes from my favorite song from last year:  Walk the Moon’s, “Shut Up and Dance.”  Write a little Flashy Fiction involving dance and a couple.  Maybe it’s like the song, in which they meet at the discotheque and it turns out to be a match made in Heaven.  Maybe it’s about a couple whose date night includes dancing…at a masquerade ball.  Maybe it’s about two kids and their first time dancing with each other at a school dance.  Maybe things go well.  Maybe not.

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