Storyteller’s Note

The Ridiculous Horny Snail has arrived

Periodically, the Key West writers guild conducts a word flash writing exercise. Usually, words written on ragged pieces of paper are tossed into a straw hat. Three prompts are selected. All three must be used in either a poetic or prose form (no longer than 750 words). The object to write, write, write.

Due to the constraints of writing the nonfiction, Fish on a Leash, I refrained from participating but in June of 2019 while baking my infamous five chocolate-chocolate chip cookies for the prompt night’s revelries, my thoughts wandered to the week’s three little words and I began composing a little ditty, Since poetic forms have taken a different tack from my high school and college days, I took the liberty of massaging the popularly employed free-verse form with poetic elements: a form, a sound, a rhythm, an image, a voice and an intention. Thanks to the KWWG’s inspiring prompt words this poignant poem has taken on a life of its own.

Post anthology production the Guild has returned to hosting prompt sessions with a new library of miscellaneous words. The expanded poem is hot off the press.

Prompt words bolded in order of appearance: Act I: escargot, pheromones’, ridiculous kick started my adventure with our tiny gastropod relatives. Like my five chocolate chocolate chips, I offer you a vanilla iced mignardise tickle, the first three stanzas of this Ode in Two Acts.

Madame Escargot’s pheromones raged,
at a snail’s pace.
C’est ridicule,” rasped Monsieur,
whose visceral hump always screamed for more.

“A free-wheelin’ conch I’m not,” she yelped,
“Unlike my cousin, the whimpering whelk.”
Monsieur excreted comeuppance.
Bien sur, vous n’êtes pas, Madame!”
(of course, you’re not!)
You my escargot, are a slug!”

Her femininity insulted, Madame flipped over,
clammed her foot, head, neck and tail beneath her sheath,
vociferously declaring,
Pas ce soir, pas ce soir Joseph!”
(Not tonight, not tonight, Joseph!)

Copyright June 6, 2019 Judith D. Winters
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      Judi

      Glad you enjoyed it Mark. I am going to post another piece I did for the flash fiction but I am not sure if Rusty read it at the last meeting.

  1. Janette Stone

    Madame, c’est superbe, c’est superb et tres titillant. Pur genie et oh si vilaine. Je l’aime.

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