Not So Mellow #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is..


‘What do you think, dude?’


‘It’s called Midas Sunshine.’

‘It looks like you’ve got sepsis.’

‘You’re just jealous. Not every icon can carry off a change like this.’

‘Icon? You’re a legless horse.’

‘Oh that’s lovely, very ableist.’

‘Ableist? You’re an evolved acropod, designed to float.’

‘You made that up?’

‘Alright, but why change colour?’

‘And I don’t float, I surge.’

‘Sure you do. You’re like an aquatic dog, wagging your tail all the time.’


‘Why dye yourself yellow?’

‘It’s Mi…’

‘Yada yada. Stop avoiding the question.’

‘I wanted to make a statement.’

‘Really? Why? Everyone says your cute.’

‘Everyone says all sea horses are cute. That is the problem right there. We’re nature’s perfect men. We make both sexes swoon, we do the child rearing, we…’

‘You carry the eggs. In a pouch. You’d not expect any praise if you carried your girl’s lippy in your manbag, would you?

‘There’s a bit more to it than that.’


‘It’s a real responsibility.’

‘So’s carrying your girl’s lippy.’

‘She doesn’t have lips so how…?’

‘You’re quibbling. Why yellow?’

‘Are you against yellow?’

‘No, it’s…’

‘It’s not masculine enough, for you, is it?’

‘It’s not that.’

‘I might be gay.’

‘Then you’d be a rainbow.’

‘Oh that’s just stereotyping, isn’t it? I like yellow. It suits my complexion.’

‘Your complexion? You don’t have a complexion.’

‘There you go again. Pigeonholing and stereotyping. You know what you are?’

‘No. What?’

‘You’re jaundiced against seahorses.’

‘I was going to say you’re the one who’s…’

‘Don’t. Just don’t…’

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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25 Responses to Not So Mellow #writephoto

  1. This is great Geoff. Made me laugh.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Ablelist I love it, I like yellow too! He is very cute but don’t tell him! 💜

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  3. Love it. They are fascinating creatures!

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  4. Sadje says:

    Haha! Love this conversation

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  5. OMG, wokeness in the aquatic world! I did see a seahorse give birth once – literally hundreds of tiny little ones scattering here and there in the aquarium. Amazing!

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  6. Did we ever get an answer as to why yellow?

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  7. KL Caley says:

    😂 Ableist i love it. What colour seahorse would you wish to be? Thank you so much for joining in with the #writephoto prompt. 😊 KL ♥️

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  8. Hi Geoff, I am glad to see that British seahorses are ‘woke’. A most entertaining piece.

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  9. A smile to the very last

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  10. V.M.Sang says:

    That is just hilarious, Geoff.

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  11. Jennie says:

    Great conversation!

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