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Mini Sledgehammer June 2013: Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese

We were a small group this month, and our winning story reflects the particular casualness of the evening. But a lot of participants or a few, the wine still tastes sweet (or spicy, depending on your glass) and the writing still brings joy. Congratulations, Daniel!

Character: Least likely to attend

Setting: Right over there

Action: To parade

Phrase: Whaddaya know?


Thomas Tiffany Tate

(An homage to Shel Silverstein)


This is the story of Thomas Tiffany Tate.

Who was always running late.

He was poor with time,

with neither reason nor rhyme.

And with deadlines? Not so great.


With the wind his schedule would bend,

At meetings he was least likely to attend.

His biggest charade

Was to march in a parade,

And forget when it would end.


Then one morning he woke,

To the sound of a chime that spoke,

“There’s a clock right over there,

That will sound in morning air,

And will keep you on time, no joke!”


Thomas had never felt more alive

In extra minutes—he had thirty five!


Well whaddaya know?


Thomas Tiffany Tate,

Was no longer late,

In fact, he was the first to arrive.


© Daniel Granias 2013


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