Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of six (or twelve) words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems.
This month the meme continues here, at Riot Kitty’s site.

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.   

Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or images.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  We would really like it if as many people as possible joined in with this fun meme.
If you are posting on your own blog - let us know so that we can come along and read your masterpiece.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.
It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. shooirritable
2. bother
3. whine
4. voodoo
5. scream
6. fuck
7. off

Here is my story:

 "Don't bother me now, bitch! Can't you see I'm getting ready to go out?"

"You've been out every night this week! how can you say there's no extra money for groceries when you have enough to go gambling with? Can't you see your children are hungry?"

"Shut your whining, woman. YOU had those kids, it wasn't my idea to fill the house with snivelling brats."

His sneer as he looked at me made me wonder what I'd ever seen in him. It made me wonder why he hadn't listened to his mother when she warned him against me. Just because I had some aboriginal blood in me, she even went so far as to tell him not to marry "that nigger".  I'd been proud when he stood up to her and we eloped.

Now of course it was an entirely different story. 

He couldn't wait to leave the house each day. He left me a few dollars every payday and I was supposed to feed myself and the kids with it until the next payday. With rising prices, I was finding it harder and harder to get enough food on the table. We didn't dare to dream of new shoes. Thankfully, a near neighbour had children a little older than my two and we certainly didn't mind accepting hand-me-downs.

I tried one more time to ask for just a few shillings more each week. 

His vicious "fuck off" was accompanied by a backhander across my face; I didn't dare scream and frighten the kids. They'd see the bruise soon enough and know what happened.

After the children were asleep, I left the house and made my way to the aboriginal camp along the riverbank. There were ancient practices that rivalled the voodoo often practiced in the deep south of America and I was going to ask Old Billy to 'Point the Bone' at my husband, along with everything else he could think of. 
I also asked Old Pearl if we could come and stay with the tribe for the summer. Old Pearl had been cousin to my grandfather, even such a tenuous link made us family, which greatly increased our chances of being accepted.


  1. It is a shame that your protagonist didn't listen to his mother. It seems that apple didn't fall far from the stunted, twisted tree which gave birth to it. A powerful and all too true story this week.

  2. I think I well sit this one out.

  3. I hope many bones were pointed in his direction! I wish it were that simple to correct all perpetrators of domestic violence.

    Well done, River.

  4. .. wow .. a very powerful and dramatic story this week ....well done River.
    Domestic violence is a problem that doesn't seem to go away.
    Hugs... Barb xxx

  5. What does shooiritable mean, I don't want to be a bother and wine but I did look it up in the dictionary, it got bigger print and I can almost read it the other one makes me scream in frustration because I can't see it. I looked up Voodoo to as I couldn't think of any other way to use it in this story I do know what fuck means very handy at times to express a strong emotion to someone who is to silly for words but thats about it so I will be off now.

  6. I too have never heard of the word 'shooiritable'. Did a google on it - nothing. Your post showed up :)

  7. Elephant's Child; you're right and he's becoming more twisted because his mother is 'working at it' :(

    Susan Kane; I thought of doing that, then this popped into my head.

    Lee; bones and several other things were done, he suffers.

    Barbara; I almost didn't write anything, I'm not fond of swear words, but this seemed to fit without being smutty.

    Merle; shooirritability is a word Riot Kitty made up. I couldn't see any way to use it so I didn't.

    Margaret-whiteangel; my post on google? Wow :)
    it's a made up word which I didn't use.

  8. Merle; I meant shooirritable (*~*)

  9. Us bogans who heard the word Fuck day-in/day-out as toddlers are well tired of it. Meanwhile nicely raised dopes with no talent and nothing to say imagine it makes their crap interesting. Golly. Well I feel their hearts are in the right place but their brains are somewhere else. Darlings, you have to be NEW!

    But anyway this effort of yours is topical and I give it low marks for that, I give it high marks for honest use of the word fuck. It belongs. It's the way I remember it.

  10. Hi River,

    Such a powerful story with quite the message. Sadly, I've known of situations eerily similar. A nice usage of those words and a nice invented word.


  11. R.H. thank you.

    klahanie; thank you. Turns out the 'invented' word was meant to be two separate words; shoo and irritable, but it's too late now, my story's written.

  12. No-talent bums repeat fuck all the time.

    Are they interesting?





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