Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women. Blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

CBWC: Bigger than a Bread Box

This statue is as tall as a man. It can be found at the Hirschhorn Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge

This beauty can be found at the Naval Academy stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Repeating Shapes

Princess Pirouette heard the news from her maid who heard it from Her Highness’ confessor, so it must be true. How the King’s only son had been killed in battle not more than three days prior to the arrival of the delegation from the capital. Pirouette felt certain that she knew why they had come. With the deaths of every conceivable heir to the throne, no one was left save the Princess. They’d come to take her away.

Pirouette knew that she must dress to impress, so she donned her best gown, a satin and silk affair embroidered with repeating shapes: circles, triangles and squares. When she swept into the room, she looked older than her twelve years. The delegates bowed low and she allowed her majordomo to lead her to a plain, straight-backed chair.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Brevity

The day was bitterly cold, but that didn’t stop Queen Pirouette from taking a ride on her favorite horse, a white mare with a small diamond-shaped patch of brown on her nose. It pleased the Queen to take big breaths of air and then watch the steam as it came out of her mouth. She was some distance from the castle when she heard the chapel bells ring. Shielding her eyes from the glare of the sun, she saw a rider coming in her direction. Bad news, she thought.

And she was right. The messenger brought sad tidings that brought to her might the reality of the brevity of life.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Mafia

Organized crime was not a serious problem in the Kingdom. There was certainly nothing so glamorous as the mafia in operation; however, there were a few noble and not-so-noble families that liked to push their rights and privileges beyond the limits of legality. Queen Pirouette took a personal interest in these matters. Whenever a family was found to be acting in a manner that was less-than-proper, she would insist on passing judgement upon them. Her wrath could be terrible in these cases, especially if the exploitation of women was involved. For instance, it was discovered that one family in the capital was operating a bawdy house, replete with madams and ladies of the night. She had these women rounded up and sent to various convents for training and education; whereupon, they were released into society. As for their employers, several senior male members of this particular family were sentenced to a lifetime as galley slaves.