Circles and Windmills #flashfiction

This week, from the Carrot Ranch we have this prompt – Norah Colvin guesting for Charli Mills:

April 20, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a circle in your life. Is it a supportive circle, or a circle that entraps you? What’s its significance? Take you where the prompt leads.

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Which makes me think of this

I saw the Thomas Crown Affair a while after it came out. I thought McQueen the man I wanted to be and Dunaway the woman of some sort of dream I think it better not to explore any further.

The lyrics were meaningless but all the more meaningful for that.

Like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds


Itchycoo Park


Waterloo Sunset


the Hole in My Shoe

there seemed to be more to the lyrics than I could fathom.

It was like standing on the outside of the circle while others played inside and I wasn’t admitted to the inner club, I didn’t have the key. Circles are inclusive of those inside them but I lacked whatever it was to be ‘in’.

Back then, at the end of the sixties and in the early seventies revolution was in the air. As with Thunderclap Newman

A cleverer man than me, though, pointed out that a revolution is a circle and, as with all circles you eventually come back to where you started. Same with revolutions.

I’ve always been suspicious of circles. Like bicycle wheels they have a habit of collapsing in on me.

And so to the flash. Mary and her daughter Penny are having one of those chats

Round and round

 ‘I hate homework.’ Penny glared at Mary. ‘Why do you make me do it?’

‘It’s just the way it is.’

‘Great. So the abused becomes the abuser, huh?’

‘Penny! That’s an awful thing to say.’

‘What did grandpa say? What goes around, comes around.’

Mary wiped her hands. ‘Ok, stop. Don’t do it.’


‘No, you’re right, you need to break the circle. If you don’t want to, don’t. You’ll explain to your teachers, I’m sure.’

Mother and daughter stared at each other. Penny sighed. ‘Ok I’ll do it.’

‘You can always circle back later.’

‘Ha bloody ha, mum.’

You can find more of Mary’s story here

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to Circles and Windmills #flashfiction

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Terrific soundtrack. Not that I clicked on any of them. I didn’t need to. That’s my earworms sorted for the day!

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  2. That’s a very good replique, about chucking the homework. I’ll have to remember it.

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  3. Ritu says:

    I love it Geoffles!

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  4. Great collection of that musician/lyricist inner circle, Geoff. ☺ And homework…more oppressive than ever today. Time for a revolution ?

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    A musical trip through my teens! Think you that cheered me up !! 🙂

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  6. elliotttlyngreen says:

    And then one day the lyrics sync and make sense or an indecipherable word comes clear and you feel like the center of that circle. I may be more partial to the prelude than the flash. I actually thought it was your flash at first, like -what a great idea! He mixed a soundtrack into the flash!

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  7. Norah says:

    Oh I do remember all those songs. And I remember often standing outside the circle, looking in, wondering at the connection and why I just didn’t get it. I’m sorry the topic of circles creeped you out. I’m not quite sure how I should feel about that, but I think I’ll choose to feel honoured that you participated in such a philosophical way. I like that you have attacked revolutions as always coming back to the start. I hope that is not so. I hope revolutions move us forward, if only a little, as on a spiral.
    I love your flash homework discussion between Penny and Mary. What a great retort on Mary’s part. I wish someone in power would break the cycle though. Homework has been shown to have little value. Why do we persist?
    Thanks for joining in. I enjoyed your perspective and consider it to be not out of kilter at all!


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  9. trifflepudling says:

    How did you select all our favourite tunes?! 12-13 again, happy days. Our guitar teacher wrote out the words and chords of Windmills for us and duplicated them using one of those spirit duplicators (wahey!) and we howled away, prob with closed eyes, never quite managing to hit the top note on “footprints in the sand”! We were never going to be as cool as Faye Dunaway.


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