A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers


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Greetings onlooker. I am Chris the Custodian.

I’m not perched above Rio de Janeiro and I’m five feet tall not ninety-eight, but here I stand, protecting the crops that feed our nation. 

Crows respect me, and ravens treat me with deference.  Seagulls poop on me, but in a reverential way. 

Come storm or tempest I stand firm.  Today,  the sun embraces me.  Should the weather change, I’m unconcerned.  Actually, I could do with a shower to wash off this dust!

Feel free to take a selfie with me, the left is my best side.  Then shove off and leave me in peace.


dscf5811Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Sandra Crook for the picture which immediately made me think of the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio!


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57 thoughts on “A short story …

  1. Iain Kelly Dec 16, 2020 / 16:15

    Pleased to meet you Chris. Seems like a charming fellow, for a scarecrow.

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  2. ceayr Dec 16, 2020 / 20:18

    You’ve got a best side?
    Oh, that’s the scarecrow talking…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. msjadeli Dec 16, 2020 / 20:52

    What a creative spin on the photo, it does look like that statue!

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  4. trishsplace Dec 17, 2020 / 00:58

    Such joy in life and self-confidence. Poop away, seagull. Stay for a selfie 🙂

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  5. justjoyfulness Dec 17, 2020 / 10:04

    He commands more respect than the outgoing POTUS, for sure. I would take a selfie with him 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. rochellewisoff Dec 17, 2020 / 11:56

    Dear Keith,

    How does one poop with reverence? Never mind. Not sure I want to know. You’ve taken the scarecrow to a new level you clever writer.



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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 17, 2020 / 17:59

      In that case, I won’t give you detailed instructions! Thanks for your most generous words Rochelle.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Sandra Dec 17, 2020 / 14:54

    Pooping in a reverential way takes some consideration. Well done.

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  8. AshleyDannie Dec 17, 2020 / 17:10

    I love that! Especially his distinct voice!

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  9. Nobbinmaug Dec 18, 2020 / 01:38

    “Seagulls poop on me, but in a reverential way.” had me laughing. I’ve never thought of it before, but I wonder if anyone takes the time to wash the seagull poop off Christ the Redeemer.

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  10. draliman Dec 18, 2020 / 08:48

    Love the point of view. Many seagulls have pooped on me, whether reverentially or not I’m not so sure 🙂

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  11. James McEwan Dec 18, 2020 / 10:12

    With your feet firmly planted, life is all in the mind – fantastic inner thoughts of Mr Scarecrow. (At least he has a job!)

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  12. ahtdoucette Dec 19, 2020 / 01:25

    Oh this is an adorable take on the prompt! I agree, scarecrows are highly underrated!

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