Tuesday, February 8, 2011

birthplace of the blues

'Now if you folks look out to the left, that's the very house where the infamous Tale of the Magpies began one years ago yes'm.'
'Can we stop?'
'No Ma'am, we gots to keep movin.'
'We just gots to. But right there in the basement of that there house with no number is where it all began - One table. One piece of paper. One 40 watt lamp. One half-chewed yellow pencil. One crazy lady. Dang!'
'Crazy as a vagabond stew with too many vegetables. Well look whats it become. Dang nearly a hunnerd cars stoppin' by at a last second deadline. Even from India. Dang! Traffic tied up. Horn honkin.' Droppin' sealed envelopes most likely full of barely de-sife-er-able man-u-scrips down a metal pipe in back. Lady with black eyes loose in their sockets sittin' at her desk knifing them open nicking herself bloody sortin' and linin'em up on a cork board snappin' photos for all the blazin' world to see. Even from India. Dang. Right there in that basement. What she oughta do is throw'em in the fireplace for warmth.'
'I heard she has a place in the country, driver.'
'Of course, yes'm. Some Manor way out in the willows. They say she rides in and out only at night on her '56 Schwinn wearing her flight cap and goggles just like...what's the name of that poor lady that got lost at sea?
'Amelia Earhart?'
'Yeah. Yeah. Could be her according to my brother-in-law. He delivered some pizza bread there once. I think people drop stories down that pipe at all hours just to see if'n true.'
'Have you seen her?'
'No one ever'n see her.'

The car slows two blocks up, hesitantly pulls into a driveway knocking over a metal trash can, dogs barking, car backs out and stalls, restarts with a black smoke backfire, drives by once more, slower, necks craning.


Blogger Susannah said...

LOL, I love it. Thanks for the smiles. :-)

Great Magpie.

2/08/2011 7:22 AM  
Blogger Pat - Arkansas said...


2/08/2011 9:09 AM  
Blogger ~Sarah~ said...

I really enjoyed this - interesting way to turn it back on itself. =)

2/08/2011 9:46 AM  
Blogger The Bug said...

Great fun - but oh you cut too close to the bone! "barely de-sife-er-able man-u-scrips" - I'll try to do better :)

2/08/2011 10:36 AM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Phil, I'm gonna have this smile plastered on my face for a week! Nicking herself bloody is right. You don't know how many times I nearly shoved Magpie, tale pipe and all, over a cliff. This makes it all worthwhile. x

(I wondered why that pizza guy was looking at me like that.)

2/08/2011 11:06 AM  
Blogger Jinksy said...

Fun tribute to Tess and the Mag!

2/08/2011 11:22 AM  
Blogger thingy said...

I have got to meet this woman.

Loved this.

2/08/2011 12:26 PM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

a terrific creative write...where we all are characters with the starring role going to Willow. Truly capturing and fun!

2/08/2011 3:45 PM  
Blogger Kristen Haskell said...

That was fantastic! I can see Tess smiling from here!

2/08/2011 6:51 PM  
Blogger Girl in My Own World said...

Awwww, love this! So cute and creative! I would have never thought of anything like this. :o)

2/08/2011 8:54 PM  
Blogger Girl in My Own World said...

Awwww, love this! So cute and creative! I would have never thought of anything like this. :o)

2/08/2011 8:54 PM  
Blogger Lyn said...

This is beyond good..whatever that is! Look what that house brought out of you!! Grrreat!!!

2/09/2011 8:54 AM  
Blogger uma.a said...

haha..nice post.I guess willow should read this one :)

2/09/2011 9:08 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

What a great tribute to Willow and her Wonders! You picked up on the essence of Magpie Tales beautifully! I became a Magpie at promt # 15! It's nuts how it's popularity has zoomed since...! But we love it!

2/09/2011 4:12 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

This has to be one of the most clever Magpies ~ EVER!!

2/11/2011 12:28 PM  
Blogger Doctor FTSE said...

Great, original idea from the prompt. Excellent writing.

2/11/2011 2:30 PM  
Blogger Relyn said...

Fun! I really like this.

2/11/2011 6:33 PM  
Blogger ~T~ said...

So that's how it works! All the way from India, too...

2/16/2011 2:24 PM  

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