Friday, July 06, 2012


This weekend's challenge: Using between 33 and 333, compose something that includes: The world will end in three days.

He stands with his microphone on one of the Loop's busiest corners. He's there almost every day, hawking pamphlets and harassing passers by. Chicagoans tend to ignore him. I've never seen anyone give him a cent or take one of his brochures, though over the years I have witnessed him reduce unsuspecting tourists to tears of embarrassment.

"You, ma'am, are wearing the garb of a Muslim. According to our Lord Jesus Christ, you are going straight to hell." 

"God said Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. You gay boys are going to hell!"

"Look at how that girl is dressed! You are an abomination. According to the Bible, Miss, you are a whore and hell awaits you."

"The world will end in three days. Are you prepared to look upon the face of Christ?"

"Better prepared than you are, you wretched old hate monger," I mutter under my breath.


  1. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Good one! Love the use of the prompt. I can see the guy now.

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  3. Well done, and extremely timely. You paint s great picture of the soap-boxer. This one seems a bit misguided.

  4. Anonymous10:25 AM

    I swear I've seen this guy! These people like that make me sad. Jesus didn't turn away anyone from his grace. I wonder why we do?

  5. I is easy to point out the fallacies in others but what about the three fingers that point toward the self.
    So apt and crisp and right on writing.

  6. Anonymous1:23 PM

    he is just an angry, hateful man. if the world ended in three days, he'd be the one going to hell.

  7. I've met this person too many times. Great post.

  8. Love the use of the prompt. Great job!

  9. Good take on the prompt :-)

  10. Anonymous8:15 AM

    When my husband and I went to the University of Kentucky, there was a 'free speech' area, where the same old fart preached every single day. When I was having really bad bipolar mood swings, I used to go down there and heckle him just because I knew I was going to lose it with somebody and I might as well point it towards someone who deserved it.

  11. LOL! We had a lady that dressed in Pilgrim clothes and came to our college. She had little sayings, like, GAY - G is for God; A is for AIDS; Y is for Yes. All the frat boys learned her cheers and joined in...

  12. Anonymous6:59 PM

    Thanks so much for linking up with Trifecta this weekend. Yep, I think I've seen this guy, too. I love the way you've used the prompt. I saw that you put it up quickly--it' must've been on your mind. Great job.


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