I woke up on Saturday morning to find out that, once again, I was runner up in the Faber Quickfic contest. Entering has become a Friday night ritual for me. I like the idea of getting a prompt and writing up something in an hour or so. This week it was a quote ‘We live in an age when unecessary things are our only necessities’ *. This is what I wrote.
Of Necessary Things
Well, I still have my panache! I was able to read Rostand’s thing you know, didn’t get to see it played though. You could say I was otherwise engaged… in Reading. Didn’t read too bad, bit weak in the last scenes I felt.
Panache, what is that really? It’s the feather in your cap… the great flag of attitude. It was all I needed once. I thought it my only necessity, I’d been able to dispense with almost everything else. I was profligate in love, so needlessly in love! Many times you know, many times. The love that was given to me… I discarded that as freely as one loses a glove. There would always be more to come my way, if I kept that frantic feather aloft.
That mad bravado got me where I am. Didn’t work in court though. It was just bluster then. I had everything before that and none of it seemed the least bit essential. Then I was shown what was truly necessary… bread and water, a small patch of sky.
What’s left now then? I’ve got that same old ragged feather, but little else Monsieur, little else. I’m a shabby old peacock now sir, but still straining for the bon mot. Probably the last, yes, most definitely the last. Not necessary, you understand, but I feel the obligation.
Have I mentioned the wallpaper? I really can’t see the need for such vulgarity at my time in life.
Oscar Wilde, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’. 1891. Ahead of his time, as usual.
May 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm
Congratulations Very imaginative and enigmatiic. I love the photo too. The little spider showed great inventiveness.
May 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Thanks, there’s nearly always a spider ound somewhere in my photos 😉
May 11, 2015 at 1:50 am
Only as deep, is the reader
June 25, 2015 at 1:53 am
Great photography with intense detail. Great Posting.
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