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Please Don’t Call Me a Doric (Friday Fictioneers)

February 13, 2015

Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, the very same Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who can still be found HERE.



Please Don’t Call Me a Doric
What you’re seeing here are two examples of Aeolic columns. No, these aren’t exact Aeolic columns, but they’re passable replicas. I could bore you with details of where the form was developed and where you could see examples of the form, but at this point you’re probably wondering, “Who in the world knows – or cares – about Aeolic columns?” and I don’t want you to think I might be peculiar. Of course “peculiar” is harsh and I like to think of it as a simple idiosyncrasy. I’m sorry but all I can tell you about the fencing is that it’s white.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2015 2:29 pm

    An interesting response to the prompt, Michael. I’m fascinated that the photo inspired you to write about Aeolic columns. These prompts inspire so many different pieces, the thing I like most about them. Your matter-of-fact approach was excellent. 🙂


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 16, 2015 3:36 pm

      Thanks, Millie! The different responses are fun and with this one I drew a complete blank when I looked it and could only focus on the columns. As I read others I kept thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

      Liked by 1 person

  2. February 13, 2015 3:27 pm

    LOL! I feel that way some days.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 16, 2015 3:37 pm

      As long as it’s not most days then I think we’re OK!


  3. February 14, 2015 1:18 am

    Your almost stream of conscious writing got me in and took me nowhere happily until you had me laughing out loud at what you could tell us about the fence. Enjoyed this one.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 16, 2015 3:37 pm

      Thank you for the comment, Irene. I’m happy that you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. February 14, 2015 6:02 am

    Your take on the prompt is literal and informative, a small lesson in architecture. It’s also a bit humorous. It’s different and I liked it. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


  5. February 14, 2015 8:57 am

    Ha.. at least the color of the fencing is quite correct.. maybe his work as a guide is not perfectly suited for him


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 16, 2015 3:38 pm

      I think you’re right, Bjorn, this guy needs a new line of work.


  6. February 14, 2015 9:13 am

    Oh man, I’ve had these conversations before.I can just picture the person like … I’m sorry I do not have an encyclopedia entry on the fence as well and all you can think is how fast can I get away… Smile and nod. Just smile and nod. This one definitely made me laugh.


  7. February 14, 2015 3:45 pm

    You’re a walking encyclopedia!….almost. LOL!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. February 15, 2015 2:05 am

    Hilarious! You got the doric tone just right. 🙂


  9. February 15, 2015 3:49 am

    A really different take. Well done.


  10. February 15, 2015 7:01 am

    Dear Michael,

    Your doric-y title had me running for my dictionary. Well built story.




  11. Anonymous permalink
    February 16, 2015 4:15 pm

    Very nice. I felt pretty dumb about the Aeolic columns, but you saved me with the fence.


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