Here is another of those two-sentence stories with poetry added. I’m thinking of them as “Minuscule” and quick to read.

Read the first Minuscule, the explanation of why I wrote it and got started on this idea, and search under the category Minuscule for others in the series.

And now – all the Minuscule stories have been made into a print book – each story with a pen and ink illustration. Click to see Minuscule on Amazon.


I laid my plans and when the day came, that life-changing Tuesday, I was ready: I arrived early, cleared out the office of the twerp next to me, set up my things, and when he came in I fired him, liked the feeling, wiped out two more sloppy workers at lunchtime, intimidated the boss into early retirement after naming me as his successor, and then I adjusted the payroll to give me five paychecks plus a cut of company revenues, a chauffeured car, and free lunch.

Nobody could believe the transformation of the office’s dumb blonde with the big chest (all natural, by the way, just another thing I do well), but I’ll tell you one thing everyone knows: there will be no leers coming my way at the company picnic this year.

please do not
be aware
nothing stops the quick-witted
small and dangerous

(Shadorma 97)



15 thoughts on “Marigold

    • This is my work revenge fantasy. Come in, take over, and everyone go where I want them to be, or else. All in one day. I love marigolds and admire their tough little survival skills and their bold colors.

        • Around here, people plant them in veg gardens because they repel some insects and also rabbits. They are good companion plants for tomatoes. I think it’s very interesting what plants, grown together, will help each other like this, there are lots. And also, I think it can be used medicinally, for various skin conditions and so on. This is making me wonder if your book from the 12th cent. has any herbal/flower healing mentions in it. I have always found that fascinating, how useful so many plants are in this area, and how we don’t make use of them anymore, sadly, And, last but not least, marigolds make the garden look so nice!

        • I know they carried on planting them in cottage gardens in the UK until the more exotic things took over. People are always attracted by what isn’t local seems to me.
          In the story I mention plants for healing, can’t remember what off hand apart from sage and honey. They knew about mild antiseptics and poppy seed, probably after the Crusades, but medicin was so undeveloped then they often did more harm than good.

    • That’s right. You never know and you need to be ready. Opportunity turns on a dime but sometimes you’ve got to come up with the dime, don’t you? I admire marigolds for their looks and toughness (plus deer won’t eat them, a big thing in my yard) and I like the sound of the word, too, though what that has to do with anything I don’t know…

    • Yes. Office revenge fantasy for me. My office years were a while back and as I recall them, I realize I was doing a mild version of marigold even then, you just had to.

    • Yes. They are beautiful and useful all at once. And not stuck up about it, either! I think marigolds are a friendly little flower (or some are not so little!) and look nice anywhere.

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