No Recommendation Required

No Recommendation Required

He squeezed the water through his toes
pressing it back out the holes in his shoe.
The dark streets were awash with rain
and each footstep found its way
into onyx-stained puddles

as he chased fleeting shelter along
a plywood wall of posters. Lame
camouflaged for a wall, he thought –
a khaki grunge of seeping soup
and pasty mush from damp.
His eye caught a few still legible.

The Circus is Coming
Save Krill From Extinction
Free Puppies
Vote for Hilliard Pickleweiss

He slipped into an alcove, pushed
open the door, and stepped inside.
It was warm shelter from this
winter wash that scored wet
streaks across the window.

A small café, he saw, with tiny shiny
tables, each adorned with age-blanched
ferns in a dusty jug with an S-shaped handle.
Propped against the bake goods cabinet
was a waitress with a peanut-shaped head
and a sturdy, unreadable face.

He nodded hopefully at the cake
and tacked on “and coffee, please.”
He hoped she’d make it happen, although
that wasn’t usually the way it was with him
and women. Moments later he was drinking
in warmth between his lips, and reading
a small sign celotaped to the window.

Vacancy: Position Open.
No Recommendation Required.

He’d apply for the job, he thought.
Whatever it was.
He’d apply.
Stay awhile.
At least until the rain stopped.



Sunday Whirl Wordle #79– Words: face, guide, handle, shelter, job, happening, fern, recommend, cabinet, score, peanuts, café, sturdy


Author: Misky

‘Misky’ lives in the UK surrounded by flowers, freshly baked bread, and always keeps dog biscuits in her pocket for her blind Springer Spaniel. She never buys clothing without pockets. Her work is widely published.

13 thoughts on “No Recommendation Required”

  1. So delightful, Misky! It always amazes me how different the results of the Wordles can be. Yours more melancholy than mine, but still with some wistful joy. For the first time in many weeks I was led to a very happy feeling – which considering my present mood is quite remarkable. God must have taken pity on me – which of course God always does!

    Great job!

  2. Visually and for reading I preferred version I. The choice of line breaks can almost cripple me at times. So/too many choices. Enjoy the content particularly that there are times a different perspective cannot create change.

    1. I think you might have meant this comment for “Buckled”. Not sure how it ended up in this thread! 😀 I’ve noted your comments about linebreaks, and I appreciate your opinion on this. I’ll keep it in mind.

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