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    dots Submission Name: Confession of Springheel Jackdots

    Author: Scribner
    Elite Ratio:    2.3 - 131/134/18
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    Class/Type: Prose/Satire
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       I once saw an old black and white photograph of two old men standing in a park. One was leaping over the other man who was standing. This is just my attempt to give the picture a story. Kind of goofy, but fun.

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    dotsConfession of Springheel Jackdots

    "Herb, I have a confession to make."
    "Well, don't willy-nilly around, Oscar. Let's have out with it. The sooner you get it off your chest, the better you'll feel."
    "You remember that vigilance committe that you were a part of back in '38? The one set up by the Lord Mayor, Sir John Cowan."
    "Of course I do. We were after that dastardly menace, Springheel Jack. Caused quite a ruckus all over London, he did, terrorizing young girls. Jumping around like a frog on a hot griddle, ripping off their shirts, and then leaping off into the night. I would have given my right eye to have caught him, but he was as slippery as an eel, that one. We never did get him."
    "Herb, I was Springheel Jack."
    Herb laughed. "No offense, Oscar, but you have always had a problem walking without dragging your feet. I don't see you as much of a jumper. Hell, a snake can jump higher than you."
    "Not true. Forty years ago I could jump fences like they were just a line in the sand and houses like hedgerows. Even now, I have still got a pretty good leap."
    "Prove it."
    "All right. Stand up."
    Herb stands up. Oscar walks behind him and, without so much as a running start, he leaps right over him."
    "See, I told you."
    "For love of the Queen, you still are a good jumper. But guess what?"
    "I'm still a pretty good policeman." Herb grabs Oscar's arm and smiles. "Gotcha."

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      I liked this. There actually was a real spring heeled Jack who used to jump over many high obstacles for money and food. This brought that memory back to me - well done for writing this.

    | Posted on 2006-04-26 00:00:00 | by Frank Maguire | [ Reply to This ]
      This is great.. Springheel Jack, I love it. WOnderful practice, writing on pictures. I went to a retreat once where there was a roomful of pictures, and we had to pick out one that we thought was like us.. it was amazing how different everyone's view of the same picture would be. Aside from my ramble though, I really enjoyed this piece. Greatly entertaining.
    | Posted on 2004-02-23 00:00:00 | by Niphredil | [ Reply to This ]
      Yup. "kinda goofy, but fun" is my opinion also. But on a practical note,..creating a story or poem from a picture, is a great exercise....sometimes one doesn't have inspiration handy, yet wants to write something...there's a good idea for a challenge...post a picture and see what it elicits from different folk. there's no right or wrong, just different perspectives. Pretty good write anyway, Thanks, silver
    | Posted on 2004-02-08 00:00:00 | by Silverdog | [ Reply to This ]
      Old men jumping over each other in the park . There's a bandit quotation mark 'over him."'. Good write. I especially like the inspiration. Not many can get a good couple of paragraphs out of a random topic.
    | Posted on 2004-02-08 00:00:00 | by Webmaster | [ Reply to This ]

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