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How to rule from an Ivory Tower

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Elizabeth Emerald
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Brilliant--I hope this won!--you slyly wove in the perfect set up for the punch--in rereading I note the careful phrasing of something to stop/watching the scene!


 Comment Written 30-Jan-2021



reply by the author on 30-Jan-2021
    Not many people got this one. It is very subtle, but there is a clear message. (I don't remember if this one won)

    THANK YOU
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I think this is a good entry for the 75 Word Flash writing prompt.
This short story about avoiding the truth is well told.
Well done and I wish you good luck with the contest.
Sharon


 Comment Written 29-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 29-Mar-2020
    Hello Sharon. Thank you very much for your positive review and comments.. it seems that avoiding the truth has become ubiquitous in these days.

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This is interesting. I've read several accounts which needed a drum roll and clash of cymbals at the end. This account needs one. It is the best so far. You lead the reader on as to what the solution will be. Some may not think this is funny but I do. I am voting for this one.


 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 29-Mar-2020
    Hello Liz. I am very grateful to you for your positive comments and your wonderful review. I appreciate your willingness to vote for my entry.
    Thank you for taking time to read the story and to write a meaningful review of it
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This is a perfect example of hiding one's head in the sand. Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. Humanity has to snap out of such thinking. and come together for the common good.

Well written!


 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 29-Mar-2020
    Hello Rebecca. Thank you for your positive review and I appreciate your personal observations of the meaning of the poem. The Duke decided that if it was ugly, he just wouldn't look at it. That's how he solved his problem.

reply by thaities, Rebecca V. on 29-Mar-2020
    You are quite welcome.

reply by the author on 29-Mar-2020
    (*-*)
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This story is very clever and has a really humorous ending. I remember my mother complaining about what was on TV and told her 1000 times to just trim it off. Maybe a big painting would have worked!
; )


 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 29-Mar-2020
    Hey Susan. The Duke didn't like what he was seeing out his window so he thought it was a pretty good idea just a quit watching.

    Thank you for the positive comments about the story.
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How to rule from an Ivory Tower
The Duke

Hello, my friend,

You managed to describe a scene in 75 words, that is no small task. I wish we had a commanding president knowing how to deal with our present crisis. How you rule in such times reveals the true character of a leader.

Good syllable count.


 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 28-Mar-2020
    Hello Gypsy. Thank you for your positive review and comments.
    All I will say about the president is, if he fails, the country fails. I hope he does the right things.

    Robert
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Wow, I didn't see that coming. I guess that's one way to rid yourself of a distressful scene. I thought that he was going to do something to help them. He instead only helped himself by covering up looking at their plight. Thanks for sharing this humorous and well written work. Well done!


 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 28-Mar-2020
    Hello Jeffrey. Thank you for taking time to read and review my flash fiction. The Duke decided he wasn't responsible if he didn't look at the problems. I appreciate your positive comments.

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As you have so cleverly shown, Passion can be created as a dream, by creating a new scene. Then the mind's eye is diverted to a new conclusion and delusion that provides, a calmness and release from responsibility.


 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 28-Mar-2020
    Hello E. I greatly appreciate your outstanding review of the story. You have an eloquent way of expressing your interpretation of the story. You understand it perfectly.

    Thank you for your outstanding review.


reply by ElPoetry001 on 29-Mar-2020
    Thank you
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I like the brief story. I think it's well written. The satire is well-placed. I have a few quick suggestions:

he saw subjects - he saw his subjects

There must be something I can do to stop this horrible scene. My people are falling by the roadside and they perish as I watch. - Rephrase this. My suggestion is - I can see my people toiling, falling, failing and dying in front of my eyes! There must be something I can do. Tell me Viceroy, what can I do?

Show the urgency with some hand movements and desperate questions.

swiftly returned - returned swiftly

That's all. All the best!

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 Comment Written 28-Mar-2020


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Well, the Viceroy knew how to keep his head, Mystery Author.. Your concise telling of this story, as required, reads well. I like the image and the way you have formatted your lines. Perhaps with the line falling by the roadside--did you mean falling by the [wayside ]? Ignore this--just askin' Thanks for sharing and best wishes. Respectfully, Jan


 Comment Written 27-Mar-2020



reply by the author on 27-Mar-2020
    Hi Jan. Thank you for your positive review and comments. I had not considered the "wayside" for the story. I will consider that as a possible change. Thank you for your good wishes.

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