art and life

Ralph was to be married in a few days. To help him relax, his best man Sam took him to his favorite hangout so they could read poetry for a while.

They found the Norton Anthology of Victorian Poems and began reading.

First they read Tennyson’s “Locksley Hall”, a tale of a soldier jilted by his old girlfriend, now a wife and mother, whose parents can’t stand him. Throughout the poem he wallows in bitterness.

They then turned to Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”. The Duke’s widowhood was self-inflicted.

“Is it always this way?” Ralph asked, anxiously pondering his decision.

This week’s photo prompt was provided by J. Hardy Carroll. Friday Fictioneers is our weekly attempt at writing a one hundred-word story, with the help of our fearless leader, Rochelle Wisoff~Fields.

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9 comments

  1. Those were definitely not the appropriate pieces to read for a man nervous about his approaching wedding. The selections needed to be a lot more positive. The bride-to-be would be most upset with the best man. I hope for his sake she never finds out. This reminded me of the Sherlock Holmes movie where Sherlock tries to convince Dr. Watson not to get married because he worries about the effect marriage will have on their friendship. There could be selfishness involved. Well done with mild humor, Larry. 🙂 — Suzanne

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