Picture it and Write ~ TALKING PENS

This is the latest Picture it and Write prompt from Ermilia’s blog


As usual the image is supplied and credited by Ermilia



by John Yeo

The eccentric billionaire Maxwell Dickus, hosted a worldwide annual literary competition. The first prize was £100,000 with £50,000 going to the runner-up. The competition is open to all and sundry and is hotly contested around the world. The winner and runner-up are chosen by a public vote in the world press, with television and radio shows collecting the votes. The prizes are presented by some very influential business men and entrepreneurs, who are presented with a very ornate fountain pen, that is as highly valued by the recipients, as the prize is by the writers.

The world financial community became aware of some very serious business leaks of sensitive information, that could only have originated from inside sources. Insider trading was suspected and many private security firms were called in to investigate, without turning up the cause. A separate investigation was made into the wheeling and dealing billionaire Maxwell Dickus without any results.

One day a well respected firm of private investigators, headed by the intrepid famous lady sleuth, Marg, discovered a bugged fountain pen in the office of a dot/com millionaire, who immediately informed the authorities. All the literary prize pens were collected by police, and Maxwell Dickus was arrested for financial fraud. The case against Dickus is underway but proof is virtually impossible as he denies all knowledge of these bugs and pins the blame on the manufacturers who are Chinese in origin.Pens

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For today’s prompt, write a damage poem. Since my baby brother is a storm chaser, my mind usually jumps straight to storm damage. However, there’s more than the physical damage created by things like hurricanes, trains, and war planes. There’s also the emotional and psychological damage we inflict, survive, and conceal. The bright side of any damage is that it can be transformed into a poem.


Image © John and Margaret


by John Yeo

Invisible damage had shattered his nerve
The rider had nightmares and flashbacks.
He insists he will never ride again.
Now, the unseen healing begins.


“What is the damage to your self esteem,
When you do something to care?
Caring is responding to feelings,
Thoughtfulness learning to share.
There are many other points of view
Ways of sharing the world.
No damage to your self esteem
In fact you have nothing to lose.
You are unique and very smart
The key is locked in your heart.”


The motorcyclist was shocked,
The incredible crash had occurred.
Racing to the hospital, taking risks
Carrying emergency blood.
With a sudden swerve he skidded
On an oily patch in the road.
No physical damage to his body
Just a dent in his self esteem.
Three lives were on the line today
One outcome saved all three.


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Written for Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic asides blog on “Writers Digest”