by design

i keep one eye
on the ambitious door
where shadows race
and walls hum

he sits roughly
in brilliant chair
whilst another sits brilliantly
in stupid chair
thoughts interrupted
by rattling windows
and bones

just outside
someone works diligently
drilling into concrete
surrounded by cold ambient bells
powered by shaky hands
and warm sunshine

by mary ann blinkhorn

The Phone Call

She:  Did you buy those green garbage bags like I suggested?

He:  I bought the green garbage bags.  I just can’t find them.
Four big extra long tall rolls, and I have no idea.
Oh yeah, I think I have a lung infection.

She:  That’s awful, but did you buy those endorsed
by the Man from Glad?  Glad, get it?

He:  Yes they were glad.  It’s the only brand in town.  I was
supposed to put them on my windows but the heat came in
and I couldn’t touch anything.  I couldn’t touch the mouse
on my laptop.  The fan wasn’t working.  My lungs weren’t working.
I could still suck in some cigarette smoke though, even with
chronic bronchitis.

A car purred by, slightly obtrusively and a trickle of sweat dribbled down R’s glasses, obscuring the vision of his left eye, and at that point in meltdown heat, he realized, simplicity — putting up a green garbage bag.

She:  Russel!  Russel!  Are you there?

He:  Yup.

She:  What was that big crash, sounding like shattered glass?
Surely not the satellite dish?

He:  Don’t throw the cutlery at me, bitch.

She:  Is someone there?  Talk to me.  Think with your right eye.

A car hissed by, slightly obtrusively and a trickle of sweat dribbled down R’s glasses, obsuring the vision of his right eye.

He:  I’ve got to go now.  The chicken curry needs stirring.

Note:  I found these words in my notebook — the result of me and Russel Ayres (who resides in Australia) kidding around on the phone, one night.  There aren’t too many words of mine here, but it was fun.

Gargie Award

Thank you to Richard Guest for nominating mypenandme for this award on December 16th.  Richard’s blog, The Future is Paper Mache can be found at: and I urge you to visit his blog.  Currently, Richard is posting a series of Street Portraits and they are absolutely amazing.

For those nominees who accept awards and wish to participate:


1.  Display the award badge as prominently on your site as you are inclined… if you like.

2.  Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement(s)…

3.  Nominate some fellow bloggers (who have been outstanding in their field… figuratively or literally)… if you feel inclined

4.  Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award… provided you have completed step three.

As I’ve always said, one of the things that I most like about being nominated for awards is the opportunity to share blogs that I’ve recently discovered with my readers and friends.   My nominees are:

As for any great achievements, I have none to tell you about yet.  My three New Year’s Resolutions:

1.  Sign up for Netflix, watch many movies and read their scripts.

I signed up for netflix and I am doing this.

2.  Join Weight Watchers and get rid of those few extra pounds.

I joined last Monday and four days later I have already lost two pounds.

3.  Finish the screenplay by December 31st, 2013 by actively working on it every day to make it the best it can be.

In progress…

With best regards,

Mary Ann Blinkhorn