Twenty -four Hours of Existential Angst In The Life Of A Bucket #blogbattle

It had been that sort of day when winds hushed themselves so as not to disturb the peace. Indeed Night, which had got into the habit of falling felt the urge to seep, so much so that Dusk, unaware of Night’s approach did well to avoided squealing when Night slipped in beside it and suggested it might like to pop off for a coffee.

On such a night, dreams sat and strummed guitars on beaches and let sleep have a night off. Waves lapped with the care and thoughtfulness of woke kittens afraid of disturbing those who might be the easily perturbed by the noise of them imbibing their bedtime milk. And clouds scudded behind the moon so as not to discombobulate anyone with a shadow phobia.

And at the deepest darkest hour, which isn’t in fact just before dawn but at about twenty minutes to, a bucket found itself setting down on some shiny pebbles.



‘What are you up to? Who are you anyway?’

‘I’m me.’

‘Look, it’s pitch black, I’m a sodding stone without any oracular functionality and you expect ‘me’ to be a sufficient explanation of your identity.’


‘Is that all you do? Apologise?’


The pebble sighed and slipped further down the beach to be replaced by a pretty nearly exact replica. ‘Who. Are. You?’

‘You’re different.’

‘No I’m not.’

‘Yes you are. You sound sort of wetter.’

‘Hang on.’ The new pebble squirmed a bit and the excess moisture evaporated with the same sense of embarrassment as a ghost that’s farted in a lift full of perfumiers. ‘Is that better?’

‘Near enough. You wanted to know…’

‘Oh bugger. Incoming… Laters.’

The next wave turned the pebble sideways and sent the bucket further up the beach. It lay on some sand which being granulated preferred silence to the grind of existence that is the lot of shingle.

Without any conversation the bucket considered its lot. The bucket knew it had a purpose. After all buckets don’t just appear out of nowhere, unlike teenage spots and single socks. Especially buckets that are delivered onto beaches on balmy nights when lovers coo pre-diabetic sweet nothings to each other.

And this bucket, confident that its reason for being would be revealed to it if only it remained patient sat and contemplated the mysteries of existence while the mysteries of existence sat and wondered whether they had spinach between their teeth because that had to be the only reason why so many things, like that stupid bucket over there, sat and contemplated them.

Slowly the Sun rose having been nudged awake by Dawn with a mug of builder’s and the newspaper and told to get a move on. The bucket tried to stretch and decided it really needed to get to the gym and waited for Fate to show it its Purpose.

At seven minutes past six a dog came, sniffed the bucket and peed on its handle. Twenty four minutes later a mother, frazzled to within a inch of her highlights chased her seven year old who kicked the bucket twice before running up the sand towards breakfast.

One hour later two joggers ran past it, apparently indifferent to its presence but actually one of them thought it reminded them of a bleary holiday in Thailand and wondered what had become of the girl with the prehensile toes and an interest in novelty tiepins.

By the time the Sun had finished climbing and felt it could really do with a bit of a sit down and another cuppa, the bucket had been filled with sand and tipped upside down fourteen times, used as a informal toilet by a toddler with a willy that would have reminded the bucket of a pig’s tail had he ever seen one and been swept out to sea again on the afternoon tide.

The bucket was content. It felt sure it had fulfilled its purpose for the day and looked forward to next time that time and tide sent it, tossing and tumbling to the beach. And this time, it thought to itself, maybe it could finish the conversation with those pebbles. Because, let’s face it, spending the day lying on sand can be effing boring.

This is a little piece that appeared on my pillow this morning as a response to this month’s #blogbattle prompt

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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23 Responses to Twenty -four Hours of Existential Angst In The Life Of A Bucket #blogbattle

  1. Bryntin says:

    Glad you decided to keep it sensible for this one. Also I’m sure Mrs Bryntin will appreciate it when I question her ‘oracular functionality’ and will surely admire the impressive vocabulary that I’ve nicked from here.

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  2. I’m still cringing over the potential of a farting ghost… Somehow that just seems worse than a living one. LOL. Happy New Year.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Extremely clever , I loved it 💜

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  4. Don’t ever lose that pillow!

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  5. Beautiful poetic prose juxtaposed with your customary grossness 🙂

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  6. Adams would be proud …or effing bored…

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  8. aebranson says:

    I had a self-indulgent chuckle at the line about the seven year old who kicked the bucket twice before running up the sand for breakfast. Usually we only get to kick the bucket once, and I’m not sure if breakfast is optional afterwards…! 😉

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    • TanGental says:

      I would be disappointed if my allocated hereafter doesn’t come with breakfast included. There seems little point to existence as a continuous construct without bagels and a toaster….


  9. Gary says:

    Mad as a box of frogs stirred with a hot poker Geoff….or should that be bucket of frogs…or, in context, bucket of crabs?

    You could do the memoirs of non-recyclables judging by this. An Anthology Lost At Sea. Especially flip-flops, which I understand plague the Caribbean. I’ve always wondered if the ratio of left to right feet is on parity and whether they may suffer separation anxiety if not. Same with chess pieces. Random sets I once saw a local beach tidier assemble from different chess pieces collected amid the assorted plastics turtles felt obliged to try and eat.

    A witty anthology to raise awareness to ensure your flip-flops remain onboard perhaps.

    Great stuff again.

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    • TanGental says:

      You make a very valid point Gary. I often wonder how it is that a number of my socks seem to disappear on leaving the washing machine only to reappear in my wardrobe as wire coat hangers. It must be that same as the migration of flip-flops though possibly they become underwater since the Australian flip flop is called a thong.

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      • Gary says:

        The power of words at play once more. Were you to where “thongs” upon your feet here then indeed many strange looks would be received.

        The sock conundrum continues to baffle me too. Isolated pairs seem to have tremendous patience. Weeks after a loss I often give up and dispose of the errant singleton. Whereupon magically it’s partner turns up. If I could speak sock then no doubt it would be saying “Ha, ha” and many other quips.

        Or perhaps it is a relationship thing. The sock equivalent of divorce…

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  10. So whimsical and sweet.
    It reminded me of a story of a pebble I once wrote.
    Great ending.

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