First Line Friday: July 16, 2021

Artist Credit: Edoardo Damosso

It is First Line Friday! Welcome and let’s get writing.

Below, I give you the first line, and you all get to write the rest. This prompt alternates with Jim’s Music Prompts, so make sure to check back next Friday for some musical inspiration.

I’ll provide the first line, you get to write whatever comes afterward. Length, genre, and structure are completely up to you. Feel free to modify the line as you see fit, adding punctuation, quotes, or other bits if so desired. No need to tie it to the picture, unless you want to.

Or for more of a challenge, change nothing. You have a week to write it, enjoy!

Include the first line of course! Tag it Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, First Line Fridays, and short fiction. Create a link (ping-back) to this post!

Your line for this week is:

“I summon you, the beasts of war!”


  1. […] “I summon you, the beasts of war!” That was an extraordinary statement for a School Board meeting. In fact, Latrelle had never even heard that statement during his 25 year service in the U.S. Army!But, he was there in support of the message that Critical Race Theory was poisoning his grandchildren’s chance at a harmonious future so he applauded his neighbor, and lifelong friend, Jerry, after his impassioned call to purge it from the public school curriculum.When it was Latrelle’s turn to speak, he decided to calm the discussion by simply describing the definition of racism and drawing attention to the, not so long ago, goal of educators to offer useful skills to kids rather than their current “save the world” through indoctrination mania.His heart sank as Jerry was escorted from the venue by police for ‘supposedly’ threatening everyone’s safety. Yeah, Jerry was so dangerous, alright. He was the guy who’d lost an arm defending his ‘brothers in uniform’ in Afghanistan.So much had changed since he grew up in that neighborhood!Jerry used to joke about Latrelle having more rhythm and liking fried chicken while he always told Jerry that if chaos broke out, all he’d have to do is outrun his ‘skinny white ass’. Good times!But since his return, Jerry’s exchanges weren’t the same. They were guarded, actually, borderline robotic. Even the direct eye contact they’d shared all their lives was now minimal.Latrelle, initially assumed that Jerry had been changed by the war but, more and more, he suspected that it was something even harder to describe. His whole hometown had lost its warmth and cohesiveness.Progress? He certainly couldn’t see any.First Line Friday: July 16, 2021 | Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie ( […]


  2. here’s my I summon You the beasts of war, let loose the dogs of war!

    Sitting in his laird
    In Hell Central
    Was pleased.

    He called forth his generals

    “I am summoning you
    The beasts of war
    I am unleashing the dogs of war.”

    “Let Lose the Dogs of War”
    Commences now.

    Soon millions of people
    Were fighting endless civil wars
    Another insurrection here and there
    Gun battles in the streets.

    Fighting words on TV
    Inflaming tensions
    Everyone retreating
    To their political/ethnic/religious tribes
    Convinced God was on their side.

    General Corona was doing a great job
    With the coronavirus
    Designed in hell’s biological weapons labs.

    Then seeded among wild bats
    Released in the wild
    To great results.

    Satan was happy
    He looked at the dogs of war
    They were pleased
    To do their master’s bidding.

    Millions perhaps billions
    Of souls will be harvested soon,

    Satan knew most of them
    Were headed his way.

    The dogs of war
    Once unleashed
    Are hard to restrain.

    The dogs howl
    At the blood-red moon.

    Satan laughs
    Thinking of all the havoc
    Yet to come.



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