Fifty-two words

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Mudlark and the limit, just 52 words. As soon as I saw it I thought of something I wrote many years ago, so here’s a 52-word précis of my somewhat longer yarn!




Gloria’s obsessed with cleanliness, says I’m dirty, reckons I’d make a great mudlark! 

“Wash your hands, off with those muddy shoes, you’ve got a dirty laugh and a filthy mind.” 

She complains the garden’s dirty. What? It’s made of dirt! 

I’m insisting one song’s played at her funeral. Mud, mud, glorious mud!



Want to hear it sung properly?

The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud)



24 thoughts on “Fifty-two words

  1. Christine Goodnough Nov 27, 2021 / 14:27

    Poor guy! There are people like Gloria. Actually, now that I’ve conquered acrylic painting, the next thing on my wish list is Become a Clean freak — for a limited time, mind you. 🙂
    Love that song; you hooked me when you posted it on Fictioneers.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Nov 28, 2021 / 15:02

      I’ve known an artist or two, but never one that’s a clean freak! I remember one commenting that the mess she made was better than the actual painting!

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  2. hilarymb Nov 28, 2021 / 14:18

    Hi Keith – one of my favourite songs – and remembering early childhood times … cheers Hilary

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  3. Bill Nov 28, 2021 / 16:18

    Nicely done on the lighter side.
    Where I dwell, I’ve been declared OCD. I keep telling her, there is not such thing as clean dirt.
    Well told, Keith. 🙂

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  4. Sunra Rainz Nov 28, 2021 / 19:33

    Oh Keith! I’m glad you pointed out that was mud, for a second I thought the hippopotamus had visited and left you a present! 😀 I say, you can hold a tune though. Good work! 🙂

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  5. GHLearner Nov 28, 2021 / 20:39

    Hm, I wonder how Gloria found her end… This was so much fun, especially listening.

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  6. dorahak Nov 29, 2021 / 00:44

    Hilarious, Keith, and the graphics as much (muddy) fun! Thank you for the introduction to a song that is now dear to my heart! :>)


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