Poets Can’t Win Them All

Even a stiff drink couldn’t help her

Karen Schwartz
Fiction Shorts
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2 min readJun 17, 2024


Today’s random word is Cells; the genre is Humour.

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Candace walked into a bar and said to the bartender, “Please pour me a double.”

The man scrutinized the teenager. “You looking to kill brain cells? How old are you?”

“Old enough to know my limits. Now, can I have that drink?”

With a shrug, the bartender handed her a double espresso from his personal stash, adding an extra dash of foam.

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Now, Candace, why don’t you tell your old man what’s troubling you?”

“I didn’t win a trophy at the poetry tournament.”

“Oh, no? Why, honey?”

“Because I’m an amateur, and the contest was full of prose.”

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Karen Schwartz
Fiction Shorts

Children's picture book author, fiction writer, personal essayist, kindness specialist, and lover of chocolate.