Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thank You Note

Twas an old cyber sea-dog
that prodded me down the plank
towards the quill and the vellum,

and it seems only right that I thank
the bloke who schooled me
to fish or cut the bait

and to say what need be said
without rambling on.

So, thank you, sir,
and now my poem's done!

Everybody knows G-Man, right?  Well, if you don't, you should.  He hosts Friday Flash 55.  Not only is he generally one of the coolest people I've never met, he is unfailingly encouraging to writers.  I used to think that I wasn't a "real" writer because I didn't write long pieces.  G-Man (among others) helped me see my natural brevity differently.  I'll be forever in his debt.

Anyway, this is for Izzy's prompt at Real Toads.  And, fittingly, it's 55 words for my G-Man!

30 comments:

Margaret said...

!! OH, this is GREAT! Just awesome... and is Galen the "ol' cyber dog"? ha ha

Sylvia K said...

Love it!! We should all be able to speak so succinctly!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Great combination of challenges!

Sumana Roy said...


so cleverly done......beautiful

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ha! this is perfect!

Sam Edge said...

Fish or cut the bait baby - that's it!

Debi Swim said...

Short, sassy and sweet!

Marian said...

love this. i so agree, say it, just say it already!

Brian Miller said...

a nice tribute to a great man....

Grandmother said...

He's gonna love this! I do as well.

Kay L. Davies said...

Two for one, well done, and I especially like the second stanza.
How you could ever imagine brevity to be a flaw in writing is beyond me. I have been overwriting for 60 years and would love to have your gift. G-Man was so right about you.
K

Fireblossom said...

Go, G Man.

Isadora Gruye said...

I love how the tone here is so endearing to the sea dog..and yet so snarky. Also, props for using quill and vellum...MZ, keepin it real! Viva la and thanks for posting to my prompt!

Hannah said...

There's something to be said for brevity done right and I always find that here. Nicely, MZ!

Susie Clevenger said...

Love this..."and it seems only right that I thank
the bloke who schooled me
to fish or cut the bait" You are the queen of cutting to the chase so superbly!!

Manicddaily said...

A fitting tribute to a cyborg salty dog! (Ha -- Galen, I do not really mean that.) I am glad you learned to value your natural perspicacity and in-born scalpel. Thanks, MZ. k.

Lorraine said...

Well obviously Gman is a very wise man...good for you, you are awesome

Ella said...

Clever MZ...I love the quill and vellum! ;D

hyperCRYPTICal said...

A clever from me too MZ. The old cyber sea-dog taught you well!
Anna :o]

razzamadazzle said...

I love this! I appreciate that you can make your point without a thousand extra words!

hedgewitch said...

He's a dog, all right...land or sea. ;_) And now I have something else to be grateful to him for, besides teaching me how to write in less than five thousand words.

Mary said...

I agree, MZ. There IS a lot to be said for brevity. And it is definitely fun to practice it for the G-Man every week.

Nara Malone said...

Fish or cut bait. I think that's my new mantra :)

G-Man said...

Um...MZ?
What a sweet thing to say. And I can say this in all honesty, there are only a handful of people on this planet that are qualified to hold your inkwell. Everything you write is Top Shelf and understandable. I thank you for being such a Class Act.
I'm teary eyed and speechless.
Thanks K....Have a Kick Ass Week-End

Margaret said...

Maybe he is a cyber fresh-water dog (he lives and loves The Great Lakes :) Just had to come back for another read ... I bow to your genius.

RNSANE said...

Brief, succinct, and to the point...excellent, Zen lady!

My 55 is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.in/2013/09/friday-flash-55-help-september-27-in.html

Sioux said...

MZ--You are the Queen of Brevity.

Victoria said...

I love the 55's--such a good opportunity to make a point without wasting words. Nicely done, Kellie.

grapeling said...

smiles - clever and sweet

grapeling said...

smiles - clever and sweet