Friday, May 4, 2007


There follows two 55s were written by my brother Michael who is steadfastly refusing all my entreaties to start his own blog. He sent these to me as emails and I decided to post them today instead of writing something myself.

'I Can't Drive' 55

"Two miles…nobody around at 2am…I only had a few" she rationalizes herself unsteadily into her Volvo.

“I can’t drive after drinking.” Billy hugs, kisses, leaves his girlfriend to walk two miles home.

Car coming. Light red. Safe to cross…..

The Volvo carries Billy’s broken body 200 yards. His legs are found by the traffic lights.


Don't drink and Type.

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Then I fell asleep on the keyboard trying to write a 55

Update: He did it a blog is born which he claims he may never post on and I reply........

INSATIABLE.... a belated 55.

It calls to me in the night.
Pleading to be fed.
Begging for attention.
“Please come to me, I need you!”
I cover my ears to block out the sound of its pitiful entreaties.
No use, the voice is in my head and will not be silenced.
There is only one solution.
Write another post.


Queenie said...

Hee, hee. come on get him to start a blog, he will meet such unique people (yes unique).

Michael said...'re going to lose your fans if you lower the standard you've set by publishing stuff I send. And I only remember giving permission for you to use the second where is my copyright lawyer's phone number?


EBEZP said...

He should start his own blog definitely!

angry ballerina said...

I'll second that.

MONA said...

Chilling 55, the first...chilled out, the second!

Antonio said...

That is intense. Very good ideas though.


val said...

Very good post, Cathy. Don't know how you do it.

Michael said...

I posted the un-Cathied version of the keyboard 55 :) but thanks for the exposure sis.

Michael said...

And your reply 55 is why I doubt I'll continue.

jillie said...

LOL...of course I'm a softie!!

He's your brother? OH!!!

Happy Friday to you...

ann said...

so this 55 flash fiction talent runs in the family...

Malnurtured Snay said...

Wait, so was his girlfriend driving the Volvo? Ironic!

cathy said...

queenie,That's what he's afraid of.LOL

micheal,Don't be daft!

ebezr, I'm going to send him over to yours to see how it's done:)

angry ballerina,I love that name.

mona,I"LL second that:)

antonio,welcome to our world.

val, neither do I.

michael, my little ploy worked then!

jillie,Thanks,he's a sweetie REALLY!

ann, yes we are all mad.

snay, could be.

MONA said...

Ah! Now that is what I call the 55 of the week!
So utterly true!

Miss Understood said...

I've never tried to write a 55. May just give it a go....

Tina said...

Cathy,another great 55 to add to your collection...Michael's blog is looking good! He is such a sweetie!!! Lots of love, Tina.

Matt-Man said...

Tell Michael to conform and start a blog. Assimilate Michael Assimilate!!

puerileuwaite said...

You reminded me of the classic newspaper headline:
"Woman Dragged to Death by Her Volvo".

Travis said...

Wow - that first one is really good.

And yours about the lure of blogging is right on the money.

jillie said...

Brothers are GREAT! I have two that I couldn't live without ;o))

cathy said...

mona,greedy blog!!

miss understood, It's addictive.

Tina, You guys and your sweeties

matt man, He's getting suckerede in,well he was before he read this comment.

puerileuwaite,Glad we cheered you up.

Travis, It's hereditary.

jillie, You rock!

Jocelyn said...

Ah, the addiction of the blogging. Does this make you an enabler?

Blancodeviosa said...

wow.. most definetly i think he should.

Michael said...

Y'all are too kind...too bad you can't make these comments on the author's blog ;-)

Michael said...

Yes I was sucked in..ok, I leave me alone :(

Blancodeviosa said...

and i also wanted to say thank you so much for the kind words!! you are so lovely

Sugar Smacks said...

I've been trying to get my mum to get a blog going for a year now. And she finally did it last week! So I know your triumph, Cathy.

Welcome to the newbie from a quasi-newbie.

Sugar Smacks said...

Oh yeah, and Cathy will probably make you turn off your word verification so's to make life easier for all.

She really, reeeally, hates word verification...

Just a heads up, then ;)

Anonymous said...

and then
I totally understood the second one.