FFfAW – Week of 07-29-2015 – Xanadu


In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree:



You can’t say that.

Why not?

Who’s going to get it?

She will.

You’re writing to impress someone?

Yes, she writes to this prompt.

This the girl who when you told her you lived in Australia asked if you lived near Innsbruck?

Well she’s geographically challenged.

And you think Coleridge won’t challenge her?

Everyone knows Coleridge.

You’re an idiot. She’s more likely to hum Olivia Newton John’s song.

She’ll see me as an intellectual.

One cursory glance at your post and her eyes will glaze over and she’ll move on to the next piece by that blogger you tell me always writes clever witty stuff in which he will describe an afternoon gazing at the mist generated by the water crashing down upon the rocks as being like the love he feels she has for him.

Hey that’s a great idea. I’ll write that instead.

Like I said you’re an idiot.

Written for : https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/fffaw-week-of-07-29-2015/

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42 Responses to FFfAW – Week of 07-29-2015 – Xanadu

  1. Valida Faire says:

    Double over cackling here!!!

  2. phylor says:

    “Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.

  3. Very interesting take to the prompt Michael! I have to admit that I am not familiar with Coleridge but I did sense a lot of humor in your story!

  4. Lovely piece very entertaining.

  5. mandy says:

    Let’s not be hard on the geographically challenged 😀

  6. mandibelle16 says:

    You have a good sense of humour Michael. Funny story, I enjoyed it.

  7. missdoudy says:

    i just love how he changed his mind in the last minute .

  8. Lyn says:

    LOL I could so see the two of you talking. She rolling her eyes and you spreading your hands, glaring and saying, “What’s your problem? It’ll work.” Something tells me you really enjoyed writing that, Michael 🙂
    We only did one Coleridge poem at school, and that was The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner in year 9. Thoroughly enjoyed that.

    • I never really liked Xanadu / Kubla khan as it was thought Coleridge was drug affected at the time. We taught the ancient Mariner to year 7 but I liked his lime tree bower poem. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. YAY Smiles ..Thank you I needed Smiles

  10. milliethom says:

    Superb, Michael. This is refreshingly different and so clever…not to mention very funny! A great read. Well done! (Heena would be pleased that you used her WOW this week – Xanadu.) 🙂

  11. AC Elliott says:

    That was a funny one. I really got a laugh out of reading it.

  12. Dave says:

    As a fan of roller-skating anthomorphic personifications, I object! (Coleridge is so dry, you can make an argument for that awful film being better…)

  13. afairymind says:

    A very fun take on the prompt, Michael. I wonder whether he’ll manage to impress his geographically challenged girl. 🙂

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