Vernon’s Mouth Harp

10 Jul


As always, writers are encouraged to be as innovative as possible with the prompt and 100 word constraints. 

Henry David Thoreau said it best.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

                                         12 July 2013

goats_and_graves_3_randy_mazie                                      Photo Copyright – Randy Mazie

Vernon enters the cemetery and sits in his favourite spot beneath the oak tree. It is not without amusement that he watches the little goat grazing among the tombstones.

He removes his worn harmonica from the pocket of his shirt and closes his eyes as he draws the instrument to his mouth.

Rock of Ages..

The notes linger in the hot New Orléans air , echoing hauntingly off  the surrounding crypts.

Opening his eyes, he chuckles at the goat standing before him, its head slightly tilted to the side listening to the music.

Thank-you” he says “my first live audience”


14 Responses to “Vernon’s Mouth Harp”

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat July 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    You paint and excellent picture, darling! I have a friend who sometimes plays harmonica while he plays guitar, and his dog howls along with him. It’s hysterical to me, distracting to him.

  2. sustainabilitea July 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Nice! This felt very real to me.


  3. The Writers Village July 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Very cute. Very good. From another member of your live audience… Randy

  4. Sandra July 11, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Aww that was lovely, and I could picture the goat with its tilted head. Well done! Made me smile.

  5. rochellewisoff July 11, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Dear Patricia,

    I’ve read this twice and the second time was sweeter than the first. Nice one.



  6. summerstommy2 July 11, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Every musician has to start somewhere to a goat in the cemetery why not. Enjoyed your work.

  7. lingeringvisions by Dawn July 12, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    This is my favorite so far.

  8. patrickprinsloo July 12, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    And a lot of goats are critics so you never know what will come of this.

  9. Joe Owens July 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I wonder if the goat critics judge in the number of hooves or the number of Baas?

  10. EagleAye July 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I imagine a lot of the jazz greats started out this way, with only a goat for an audience. This has an “atmosphere” to it that is palpable. Beautifully written.

  11. dmmacilroy July 13, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    Dear Patricia,

    I read all my first drafts to the listeners in a nearby cemetary. They are patient, do not interrupt and are, by and large, good listeners. i know how your protagonist feels.



  12. Penny L Howe July 14, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    Just delightful Patricia. A pleasurable read for me! Great take on the photo prompt also!

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) July 14, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    It’s such a nice realistic atmosphere in this. Love the writing.

  14. Sarah Ann July 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    This left me smiling. Could just see the goat with its head on one side. 🙂

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