Thursday, July 14, 2011

Friday Flash 55 ~ No Other Gods

Tissot The Golden Calf

No Other Gods
except for that big gold thing over there…

Don't know much
about religion,
but when I was 12,
Mama got a crush 
on the good-looking preacher
at the Calvary Baptist Church,
so for six months,
we all went to church.

Three times a week.

Today everybody's 
butt's in the air,
worshiping the
Almighty Big Buck.

Wasn't there
something in there
about a Golden Calf?

Posted for Friday Flash 55 at the  G-Man's
fiction in 55 words for fun and absolutely no profit.

  A young hedgewitchlet,
dressed for Sunday School

Image:The Golden Calf, as in Exodus 32:4, by James Tissot
Illustration, circa 1900, courtesy wikimedia commons


  1. Clever twist. So was the golden calf predicting the big buck? There might be a whole sect devoted to that interpretation! Oh wait, there is . . .

    We all worship something. It's good to stop and think once in a while about what that might be.

    I'm off to do so now, as I meet my husband for dinner . . .

  2. Exactly. Enjoy your service, (no pun intended but, really why not?) Thanks for reading, Ruth.

  3. We're warned not to idolize wealth, yet the supposed reward (waiting just through those pearled gates) is a jeweled crown of gold?

    (What worth would jewels and gold have in Heaven?)

  4. moo...last time i ever wear golden spandex...

    yes, the dollar...or what it brings to us...we all do worship something...for some it is themselves...possessions...justin beiber...but mostly money yeah...

  5. The young Hedgewitchlet is a doorbell!

  6. @FB Yes, many times I ask myself, what happened?

  7. Crisp, sharp and relevant. A nice entry ~

  8. Chasing Parson Brown. Interesting.

  9. dont think the buck or the cow are helping much these days...

  10. Hedge!!!!
    I LOVED this little glimpse into your past.
    Loved the story, Loved the Pic.
    Most Perfect 55 My Friend.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  11. power in the simplicity of your question!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral


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  12. Too true, too true.
    There's lust in religion, whether it be for the handsome preacher or the wealth at the end of the tunnel.
    I dont know what I believe or what I worship, but sometimes I find myself chasing that stupid buck worried about making ends meet.
    Cute picture of past tense hedgewitch.

  13. Ah but it's the LOVE of money that does the harm.
    (or so they say)

    I'm up here.

  14. I think heat fatigue has given you a case of Coal Black. 'Course, how else to sling, I mean sing, those pentacostal ponzi rube blues? Loved the notion of wrong worship as back-assed, cheeks applauding the Calf. - Brendan

  15. Give me love over money, anyday! :)

  16. At least butt in the air is the right position for what comes next.

  17. Thanks all--this was a piece that I would have liked to have gone further with, but the project of unburying my childhood is difficult. This is just a slice of it, with a large dollop of adult cynicism on top.

    @G-Man Thanks, my friend--glad you liked and hope you feel better soon.

    @twm & MZ: Amen, and I laughed out loud when I read your comments.

    @Brendan: There's a little Coal Black and a lot of blue collar under my skin, I'm afraid, but most of the time it's an asset. And you got the image perfectly.

  18. Oh so good, Hedge. Loved the almighty buck reference. The small Hedgewitch is so so adorable!

  19. Yes, there is more to this story and you did it SO well with 55 words. You are amazing and I love your grade school photo. :)

  20. so true. love how you worded it.

  21. No truer words were ever spoken. :)

  22. "Today everybody's
    butt's in the air,"

    i agree with the walking man...

    great 55!


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats

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