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photo by Ted Strutz

It’s Friday Fictioneer time. In spite of a difficult and busy time, with humour, our fearless leader Rochelle picks a photo prompt for a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end in 100 words. Today it’s a cheeky bowl full of nosegays, thanks to Ted Strutz.
Here goes.


When you go up to Ozark, stop and visit, stay the night said our friend Penzi,
I got myself a good place here!
Right. I know him.
Jim and I are stopping for one beer and that’s it.

…There’s no Hokum on the map, Jim.
It’s between Madrid and Geneva.
Hmm… There is a Slocomb between Malvern and Hartford…
That’s it Slokum!.. Hokum, Slokum! Close enough!

Wow… It’s a one street town.
Yeah. That’s why we can’t miss him. There’s the big Penzi’s Trailers sign  just past the Brick yard! Ha! He planted pansies by the mailbox! Get it?
… Right… He recycles too.

About emmylgant

Cloud watcher and dreamer sometimes wise, often foolish, but I am what I am.
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32 Responses to Hokum

  1. ceayr says:

    Judging by Penzi’s directions, my dear Em, I suspect he is a close relative of yours.
    Delightfully light-hearted piece.
    With a terrible pun.
    Well done!

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  2. Sandra says:

    A masterful piece of detective work. Maybe they weren’t supposed to find him. Well done.


  3. Dale says:

    Fun piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. neilmacdon says:

    I liked the voice in this story


  5. arjaybe says:

    “Cheeky bowl.” 🙂 That brought back memories. We used a cheeky bowl as a planter once. Oddly, when we sold the house, the buyer wanted us to remove it. Some people just have no taste.

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  6. Nice to read something lighthearted.


  7. jellico84 says:

    Love it!


  8. oldentimes says:

    Fun, punny and provocative! I know where Slocomb is!


  9. Dear Emmy,

    This sounds a lot like the tiny Midwestern town my husband was born in. Delightful piece. 😀




  10. d3athlily says:

    Hehehe cute piece! Slokum sounds a lot like the places I grew up near where if you blink you’d miss them.


    • emmylgant says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. There is a lot to say for small towns. Traffic is light, no long lines at the convenience store…. and every one knows your name 🙂


  11. Thanks for a delightfully light piece of fiction – or not?

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  12. mickwynn2013 says:

    Enjoyed it thanks


  13. plaridel says:

    those were the days, but i guess not totally. 🙂


  14. PapaBear says:

    I think I’ve been thee, Emm. It’s ’bout a haf an ar outa Smithville an’ down close ta Jonesville, aint’ it now ? 🙂 Great post, Emm. 🙂

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  15. Adam Ickes says:

    I think I know Penzi, but then again I think everyone knows Penzi.


  16. gahlearner says:

    Penzi must be quite the character. Great description and atmosphere.


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