1015. Pardon


Once there was a majestic Lion who had been the king of the jungle for quite a few years. But enough is enough. “I’ve done my bit,” he said. “It’s time for someone else to take the reins.”

But who?

Lady Giraffe dared suggest that a female should be in charge. “We’ve always had males,” she said. “It’s time for a woman, and why not me? I’m very capable, and what is more, unlike all these boys of the jungle, I’m squeaky clean.”

“You’re what?” exclaimed a Bunch of Bush Rats. “You’re corrupt to the core!”

“Easily solved,” said King Lion. “I shall give a Royal Pardon, and then everything will be alright!”

And he did! He royally pardoned Mrs Giraffe there and then.

“I accept!” said Mrs Giraffe graciously. “I’m innocent at last! Innocent at last! Thank God Almighty I’m innocent at last.”

“Aha!” exclaimed the Bunch of Bush Rats, “an acceptance of pardon is an admission of culpability.”

25 thoughts on “1015. Pardon

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    Well!! If that happens I’m moving to Canada! No, wait…I could join a street protest, that would be exciting…or a group primal-scream like they had at Yale University…or maybe I’ll just go to a “safe space” and join the community of the emotionally wounded, sitting together on the floor and weeping and crying….

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  2. exiledprospero

    If I were American, I would vote two months or so after the election. Naturally my vote wouldn’t count, but I think I would have a clearer understanding of the country’s predicament by then.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks, Prospero. I’m fine, although all shook up. Below is a longer report that I had emailed Cynthia earlier!

      Goodness! That was an earthquake and a half last night! 7.5 on the scale.

      I was fast asleep and Eric dashed in and said GET OUT!

      The thing was, it went on and on – never felt such a long earthquake. Apparently there’s damage up and down the country but it’s hard to sift through the news these days as all they seem to report is who said what on facebook and who recorded themselves swearing during the quake and posting it!

      The weight chains of our grandfather clock tangled in the pendulum and the clock stopped. (So much for having a non-electric clock in case of emergency!) Not being on facebook I can’t post a photo of the clock having stopped. There’s no need to panic however, as we started the clock again ourselves.

      So much also for what they say about animals predicting things; the cat continued to sleep on the bed throughout the entire event.

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  3. Yvonne

    That was one heck of a quake, and there’ll be strong after shakes, as a bonus. My spare bedroom is available, and I think Minx would share space with your cat. But, don’t try to come as a boat person, you’d be turned back at the border by our vigilant immigration folks.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I am using my light catcher – made by Pauline of Dunedin and given to me by Cynthia of Maine – to indicate further quakes. Even though you don’t feel the earthquakes, the light catcher starts to swing. Aha! Another shake! And thank you for the offer of hospitality.

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  4. crederae

    Hello Bruce.
    I met you at Prospero’s.I realize that you will reward him for this communication of enlightenment in the bowels of the earth.
    anyway perhaps Madame Giraffe was simply being cute and pointing out that she is physically extremely clean but she uses antiseptic thoughts therefore she wipes everything out good and bad and there is corruption in that.
    As I pointed out to Prospero I hate dogs and I must confess that I hate Giraffes also
    thankyou for the smile nevertheless.

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