Your three words, my little story Brian’s words: elephant, evergreen and semantics

Brian’s words: elephant, evergreen and semantics


Brian takes a vacation every five years. In ’97 he had the opportunity to ride a camel, but he let his friend, Roger, talk him out of it. Roger said, “Camels are filthy creatures and you’ll smell like one all day.”


Since it was morning Brian agreed saying, “It would be cool though.” Now, twenty years later, he wishes he could change that memory, by riding the animal.


Ten years ago Brian rode a Red Kangaroo, but he had to use a saddle, because a group of animal rights activists were staged in the area at the time. He also took a whirl on an Emu, which he thought was easier to handle. On that same trip, he stood within fifteen feet of a crocodile. However, he had no desire to travel on the reptile.


In January he’s going to Cape Town in south Africa. He chose January because of the meager rain fall and relatively low temperatures, considering how hot it can get there.


He has the time and desire, but not enough money. His fix is to sell Christmas Trees and he just made a deal to purchase five hundred evergreens. Buying that many meant that one EVERGREEN would cost him a paltry two dollars, as long as he cut and hauled them himself.


On this trip he hopes to ride an ELEPHANT. He would rather sit on the African bush elephant, though he would also enjoy a trip on the smaller African forest elephant. The difference to him is simple SEMANTICS, as long as he can perch atop one of the animals and maybe see a gorilla also.




Poetry by Jim: I cut my hair

Poetry by Jim: I cut my hair



The new do


was long and thin
with a bald spot
showed some skin
where hair was not


years of growing
with just one cut
wavy and flowing
added some strut


no money it cost
to let it grow
friends I lost
they didn’t know


people were rude
said cut your hair
they were skewed
I really don’t care


greyish and white
not red anymore
it shined in the light
as it fell to the floor


when it was long
forever to clean
now that it’s gone
shiny and sheen

Poetry by Jim: Friendship

Poetry by Jim: friendship


February’s surprise
was a beautiful day
much too nice
not to come out and play


met with some friends
wearing good clothes
fun was cut short
now going to Lowe’s


meant to have fun
didn’t expect chores
not in good health
to work on some doors


my back was just fine
till it twisted around
I need a few days
so I can rebound


shortness of breath
and an old bent spine
are two major failings
that leaves me off-line


two or three days
I’m down and out
but the same friends
always help me out



First published article

Newspaper: First published article


I am very proud to inform you, of my first news paper publication. It’s in the “Letters to the Editor”, section, of the Maryland Independent. This is my local county paper, where I have lived since 1965.


So far to date, I have a short story, two photos and one news paper article published.



Published, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in the Letters to the Editor section of the Maryland Independent in Charles County, MD.