Thinking Aloud

Photo copyright: Sandra Crook

Photo copyright: Sandra Crook

I am just thinking aloud, Josh what if everything is not as it seems. When the storm broke last night I heard and saw the strangest thing. It was as if there was a loop in time. A huge rumbling beast, the like of which I have never seen before, it just pushed its way in through what was the front door.

You cheeky bugger, I never did. Anyway you had most of the poitin, and not only that, you stole my girl. As for those baked beans, I know they give me wind, but it’s never that explosive.

Footnote: Poitin is a traditional Irish distilled alcoholic drink, it could be quite potent. The last time I remember trying it, the three story Victorian house was vibrating, nay shaking, as all it’s inhabitants danced a rather over the top Ceili.

This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    We both saw something magical in the image

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s true.

  2. Sandra

    Great take on the prompt, Michael. A ‘morning after’ conversation if ever I heard one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, I started off attempting to write something thoughtful and philosophical. Instead booze came along.

  3. Iain Kelly

    Some strong alcohol may be behind this I think!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That year the poitin was rather potent.

  4. Anita

    Beast with enormous power! The drink sounds like a magic potion!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Poitin could be rather a beast, whilst there was magic in the air that year.

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Whimsical take on the prompt. You made me chuckle.



    1. Michael Humphris

      It was a magical year for me. I am glad you chuckled. Thank you Rochelle.

  6. yarnspinnerr

    Ireland’s gift to the world …. the origin of whiskey. A neat take on this one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you yarnspinnerr. Sadly like all alcohol it can be a curse if you do not limit it.

  7. Liz Young

    I’ve had some of that poteen – powerful stuff indeed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It can be rather potent. I usually preferred Guinness, but it must have been brewed in Dublin. However I never turned down a free drink from my Irish friends. I would have been rude.

  8. pennygadd51

    Now that’s a story to cheer a soul, to be sure! It certainly raised a chuckle from me. Well done, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      To be sure that’s a lovely comment. Thank you Penny

  9. Jane Dougherty

    An unattended still could easily blow its way through concrete. Good one, Michael 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Especially if some baked beans got in the mash, Thank you Jane.

      1. Jane Dougherty


  10. Keith's Ramblings

    I wonder if the sell poitin in my local? Sounds like fun!

    Click to read my FriFic!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Buyer beware, only the best stuff will do.

  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    It’s never the same the morning after is it?

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s so true, Bjorn. But then in my experience there is usually a call for another party.

  12. Susan A Eames

    Nice little tale to make me chuckle. (And although I live in Ireland – I’ve never tried poitin – but maybe that’s a good thing!)

    1. Michael Humphris

      Loved that you lived in Ireland, I have only visited. Hope you tried the fish chowder on the west coast, it is certainly the best in the world

  13. anuragbakhshi

    ha ha ha ha, such a poitin…I mean potent story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Poitin certainly has its way of scrambling my words.

  14. Lynn Love

    That poitin must be strong old stuff to make the house shake! Great story Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      It certainly was, thank you Lynn

      1. Lynn Love

        My pleasure

  15. Dale

    Methinks ’tis a potion to be kept away from young adult males! They so like the effect of beans…add pottin to the mix… You had melaughing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, they say that laughing is good for one, so I was pleased

      1. Dale
  16. ceayr

    Funny stuff, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Funny will do for me, Thank you kind sir.

  17. justjoyfulness

    I like that memories came barging in like a beast! Very potent metaphor!

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your feedback.

  18. Alicia Jamtaas

    Ha! What a delightful take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you Alicia

  19. patriciaruthsusan

    Ha, ha. That sounds like some party, Michael. Good writing. 😀 — Suzane

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was quite a party,

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