Category Archives: Anthology

My collected writings and those of family members.

Two Testaments

THE BOOK OF DON’T Waste not. Want not. Kill not. Lust not. Rage not. Curse not. Gawk not. Binge not. Lie not. Lay not. THE BOOK OF DO Do not. (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

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Didactic Doggerel

A Truly Jumbo Shrimp It’s said a jumbo shrimp’s an oxymoron. A shrimp’s a little thing you put red sauce on And gobble by the dozen boiled or fried. Some of us could eat more if we tried. Enter the … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s

had declared himself in pursuit of substantives. His gastrointestinal tract had lately begun to feel large and accommodating. (commodious, capacious). Thank the stars and the Creator of the stars. The spasms of sweet cream she had manfully swallowed; all the … Continue reading

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This Is Stag Country

Bee Kay Gooch had Kassidee, Krissee and Kooger quick and early. Kooger’s the baby. Bee Kay and Jason married Labor Day and Kooger came Christmas. Spyder Blunt, her stepdad, had a restraining order on Jason that year, but kid’s find … Continue reading

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Social Math — UK

Every June, The Thane of Thoth, a tavern, helps celebrate Chichesterton’s famous Regatta-on-the-Hogg by dropping the price of its brews by 12.5% for the third of a fortnight that couches the merriment. Question: Speculate as shrewdly as your humble station … Continue reading

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From Memory

“The Second Coming,” poem by W. B. Yeats, http://www.poetryfoundation.org. Yeats, like Shelley in “Ozymandias,” associates folly and tyranny and self-aggrandizement with the desert lands. That happens to be where the trio of stern monotheisms were “revealed”: I’m the Only One, … Continue reading

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Didactic Doggerel

Space-Ball Note: Merkanooka is in Australia. Seguin, a town in Texas, is pronounced “suh-GHEEN.” Turley is in Oklahoma. A space-ball fell from nowhere on Namibia, A place more noted for a fossil tibia. Another one, the Merkanooka ball From Gemini, … Continue reading

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