Ragtag Daily Prompt: Clam

King GarGar winced as the field doctor probed the wound on his thigh. While not life-threatening, it was terribly painful. GarGar was usually stoic in the face of pain, but this occasion was an exception. More than anything, he was afraid of losing the admiration of his men. “For God’s sake!” He shouted. “Give me a piece of wood to bite on!” At this, one of his captains left the tent and returned a minute later with a stick. “Give it to me!” GarGar snapped. He took the stick and bit down with all his might. I want to be as silent as a clam. He thought to himself.

Butterfly, September 22, 2020

This poor fellow has seen better days. Once they emerge from the chrysalis, most butterflies only have a few weeks to live; however, the hardy peacock butterfly can live up to ten or eleven months. The primary purpose of the butterfly is to reproduce. Despite the tattered condition of his wings, this butterfly still has a healthy appetite and is capable of flight.

Per Google search: Wikipedia, “According to “World of Feng Shui,” a butterfly in the home is always a good omen. Bright-colored butterflies relate to romance, and dark-colored butterflies relate to career or business. In Louisiana, white butterflies mean good luck for the homeowner; however, in Maryland, they symbolize death.”

Lens-Artists Challenge #115: Inspiration

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.”
― Joseph de Maistre, St Petersburg Dialogues: Or Conversations on the Temporal Government of Providence
“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”
― James Baldwin

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #115: Inspiration

One more for the road…

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. —Albert Einstein