A short story …

for Friday Fictioneers.




“Hold tight boys ‘n gals” yelled Gerry the merry-go-round man, “away we go!”

The giggling kids bobbed up and down, spun round and round.

“Life is a carousel old chum,” sang his lackey, Mickey.

“Please don’t start warblin’ again!”

“Well, I’ve been finkin’.” 

“You, finkin’?” chuckled Gerry.

“Yea, I do sometimes. Wifey says I’m quite philosiph… philosuph… phuloph…‘

“You’re full of somefin’, that’s for sure!”

The merry-go-round stopped, the kids leapt off.

”Atcherly, you’re right”, said Gerry, “life’s a roller-coaster too, an’ a shootin’ gallery sometimes.” 

“Now who’s being philosiph… philosuph… savvy?”  laughed Mickey!

“It’s the circle of life they belted out together!


brenda-cox-merry-go-roundThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Brenda Cox for the photo.

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68 thoughts on “A short story …

    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 13, 2021 / 17:33

      If they’d been around in Rodin’s time, they’d have been the inspiration behind his sculpture!


  1. Ain Starlingsson Oct 13, 2021 / 17:27

    Again GREAT characters….! Well done…

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  2. Mason Bushell Oct 13, 2021 / 17:32

    This is wonderful, Keith. I love the accents and the struggle for the right word was fun. Well done.

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  3. Bill Oct 13, 2021 / 18:35

    Sounds like a bit o’ the bottled fairy water might be hidden away. Well done, Keith.

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  4. Dora Oct 13, 2021 / 19:13

    They’re having as much fun than the kids, maybe even more! Enjoyed your “philosiph… philosuph… phuloph…” take on the prompt. :>)

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  5. WildChild47 Oct 13, 2021 / 19:46

    As others noted, well written, and so enjoyable, slipping into the voices – you certainly bring these characters to life, a vignette amuse-bouche to just give us a lovely break. Cheers 😀

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  6. Anita Oct 13, 2021 / 23:03

    So philo-savvy!
    Yes, circle & cycle of life.
    Makes sense to enjoy the moment!

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  7. Lorraine Oct 14, 2021 / 01:10

    I’m no philosipher… philosupher… phulopher, but I’m all buckled up for a trip to Disneyland . . . Or did I pick the wrong Mickey?


  8. rochellewisoff Oct 14, 2021 / 01:12

    Dear Keif,

    I’m finking Mickey and Gerry is bof going in circles. Good one, Mate.



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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 14, 2021 / 12:44

      Oh dear, I fink it’s catching! You’re right though, Chum!

      Thanks, Rochelle.


  9. msjadeli Oct 14, 2021 / 03:47

    I like how you brightened the picture, both with photo editing and with your dialogue. Good stuff, Keith!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 14, 2021 / 12:56

      Thanks, Lisa, I do sometimes feel guilty when I retouch others’ photos! Anyhow, I’m pleased you enjoyed my effort, thank you.

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      • msjadeli Oct 14, 2021 / 16:43

        You’re welcome and I think manipulation of the photo is ok for the prompt. I turned one on its side or upside down for a story before.

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  10. Tannille Oct 14, 2021 / 12:35

    Idiots shouldn’t operate heavy machinery, it might turn into a shooting gallery. Well written, K.

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  11. GHLearner Oct 14, 2021 / 14:18

    Two guys who enjoy their work and can get phusp… philu… about it, what fun!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 15, 2021 / 11:45

      Absolutely! They are certainly deep thinkers even if they can’t pronounce the word. Thanks so much.


  12. Brenda's Thoughts Oct 14, 2021 / 23:07

    Smart chaps. Life’s a whole lot like the carnival games. Loved their accents and the dialogue, Keith.

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  13. Dale Oct 15, 2021 / 12:42

    I fink these two have fun at the pub with they’re done pholispferating….

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      • Dale Oct 15, 2021 / 14:55

        Phuggetaboutit… They can’t say it sober, don’t even try sauced…. then again, it might just flow outta them!

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      • Dale Oct 15, 2021 / 14:58



  14. pennygadd51 Oct 15, 2021 / 21:49

    I like the multiple ways life is like a fairground. Fluently written and entertaining, Keith.

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  15. Rowena Oct 18, 2021 / 16:44

    Great use of dialogue there, Keith. Could picture these guys. Well done.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 19, 2021 / 17:19

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Neel, it makes it all worthwhile!

      I’ve enjoyed five trips to different parts of India, but the South is where I hope to visit again one day!


  16. ahtdoucette Oct 20, 2021 / 00:10

    Philosophical!!! What a fun story that made me grin and feel like I was along on the ride with them.


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