Just So You Know

Prompt: Imagine


Dear Wednesday,

Do you remember a time when John Lennon’s song Imagine was considered controversial?

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Christians have condemned those words as blasphemous. According to a 2015 article in The National Review “to believers of older religion its (“Imagine’s”) open recommendation of an atheist faith cannot but sound lamentable and threatening.”

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

These lines were attacked as unpatriotic. The National Review article concludes that “few songs are more divisive”.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

This verse was condemned for its “communist overtones.”

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Did I say was controversial? This Lennon/Ono penned song is still vilified by right wing Christians and other religious fundamentalists and political ideologues. …What would Jesus think?

Relating to today’s casual prompt “imagine” in the most tenuous way is the first of these three of my favourite cartoons:

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cartoon knight flowers-too

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Wishing you peace, love, blasphemy, unpatriotism, and communism,

~~FP

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Power

Prompt: Sacred

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Lily-Rose’s mother shook her gently. It was Sunday morning, time for church. The child had been awake most of the night, first for inspection, then on detention, when her father came home late from a night of drinking and needing to feel something, preferably power.

Her mother went to the closet and dresser and chose a pretty yellow and blue floral dress, and some white leotards, fitting for a little girl to wear to church on a Sunday.

But Lily-Rose wasn’t waking up. Her mother pushed her daughter’s damp, tangled hair away from her forehead. The child was frowning in her sleep.

Lily-Rose’s mother felt a drop in her chest, a drop in her life’s breath, like free-falling from the top of a tall building. My child, she thought, my beautiful Lily-Rose.

“Wake up, darling,” she whispered in Lily-Rose’s ear. “Wake up, we’ll go to church, and everything will be better.”

Her mother didn’t mean to, but her mother told a lie.

All the Gadgets

Prompt: Pick Your Gadget
Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?

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I want all those gadgets, the time machine, the invisibility helmet, and the anywhere door, whatever that is. Would that be a door that you go through and find yourself on the Greek Islands, for example?

Since this is a prompt and not a command, I can actually give myself all the gadgets, and I do. As a young, rather neurotic girl, one of my greatest wishes was to be able to read lips from a distance.What were my sister and my best friend talking about, over there on my friend’s front porch? What did my teachers talk about? And later: the guys. Who did they talk about and what did they say? The guy that rejected me, the big crush I fantasized about but never really knew: what was he really like, at home with his family, for example?

So I’ll don the invisibility helmet and hope aboard the time machine and visit those times past, knowing full well that I will be surprised and sorely disappointed, probably, that so many of those suspicious conversations did not include me as a topic.

I also always wanted to go back to biblical times, and see if Jesus was actually a cool guy, as he was described in Sunday School. Or to Liverpool, and meet the Beatles just before they formed the band. Also, go back and tell that guy at that party that his dick was an awesome size. Tell my home ec teacher to fuck off. Learn mathematics as a small child, and become a prodigy. Learn to read music. And so on.

After all that activity I will be exhausted. I need a break. In the sunshine. So guess what gadget I’ll use next?