Sunday Photo Fiction




“A horse came into the pub and the landlord said ‘Why the long face?’”

We all groaned having heard it a thousand times before. Bob is notorious for recycling old jokes. “Just for that it’s your round,” said Jim.

91An elderly gentleman sat alone at the next table, staring into his pint. He muttered something.

”Pardon?” asked Bob.

“Horses have feelings,” he said, still looking down. “I lived on a barge when I was a kid. My parents took coal up and down the canal. A horse pulled us along. Ned, his name. Sometimes I rode on his back”.

He took a sip of ale. “After my parents died I carried on. Ned and I were friends, the only friend I ever had. I knew when he was happy, I could see him smile. I knew when he was weary too which is why one day I decided he had to retire. I said he needed to go away. Ned looked me straight in the eye, and I swear he shed a tear” The old gentleman sighed and raised his head. “Ned, he passed away the next day”.

He struggled to his feet, grabbed his cane and limped off.

“A lobster came into the….” Shut up Bob we yelled.



jsbrand2Sunday Photo Fiction is hosted by Susan Spaulding. J S Brand provided the photo


26 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. JS Brand Nov 11, 2018 / 15:49

    Funny and sad Keith. Hard to achieve, but you did it. The chap in your photo goes to my tailor.

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  2. Iain Kelly Nov 11, 2018 / 18:14

    Poor Bob, sometimes it’s good to lighten the mood, sometimes it’s best to wait a moment!

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  3. hilarymb Nov 11, 2018 / 18:41

    Hi Keith – love those horse’s heads though … and fun tale – now about that octopus … cheers Hilary

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  4. michael1148humphris Nov 11, 2018 / 19:09

    I smelt the stale beer, but enjoyed the tale.

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  5. Christine Goodnough Nov 11, 2018 / 22:57

    Aww… Sniff… Yes, animals have feelings and/or some awareness of what’s coming. An excellent take on the prompt photo.

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  6. Abhijit Ray Nov 12, 2018 / 10:41

    A poignant tale of friendship between a man and a horse. Touching!

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  7. Piyali Nov 13, 2018 / 10:55

    Ah! The subtle balance between humour and emotions. I love the story.

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