Tuesday, May 01, 2012

100 Word Song: "Ballad Of An Unknown Gun"

If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium, and this also must be 100 Word Song Day. Leeroy and mi hombre Lance have gone with Ashtar Command's "Deadman's Gun". I call this "Ballad of an Unknown Gun."

"I just want it gone," my mother said. I thought about Hemingway, who got rid of the gun his father used, only to use a different gun to end his own life. It laid there in a wooden box, an inert piece of silver metal and polished wood. Someone worked hard to make this into a perfectly functional little object that was willing to serve the desires of whoever held it. It's kind of silly to blame a machine, I thought, for the errors of its operator. "Computers never make mistakes," my father used to say. "People often do."


  1. Nice and tight - perfect! And if you know who the Exploited are, you'll know what I mean when I say that - thanks to you - I'll be singing "computers don't blunder" now for the rest of the day...

  2. Perfect play on the prompt and the song! Mean 100Words!

  3. Interesting take on the prompt for this week.

  4. What a tight little gem of a response. Wow!


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