Monday, July 11, 2011

Pretentious Paradise (Flash 55)

Mere miles off Massachusetts’ coastline, this island awaits:
noted summer paradise for pompous politicians and presidents.
Sailboats and yachts anchor side-by-side near sleepy seaside villages.
Well-tanned physiques, perfectly sculpted by personal trainers,
play mock tennis matches and wander through fancy boutiques
that cater to the well-groomed wealthy…
 ~ Welcome to The Vineyard ~

© Copyright Ginny Brannan July 2011

People of Chilmark, Thomas Hart Benton, 1920
*Chilmark is a village on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. 

A few facts about the Vineyard: During the summer, the usual 15,000 residents swell to 75,000. Presidents Clinton and Obama have vacationed there. The Kennedy's family home is just across the Vineyard sound in Hyannis, and they are known to spend time here. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis owned an estate here. Singers James Taylor and Carly Simon are residents of this island. Steven Spielberg filmed the movie 'Jaws' here. Actor John Belushi is buried here.
This is my first attempt at a Flash 55, a story told in 55 words
Photo prompt courtesy of Tess Kincaid for Magpie Tales#73
Posted at Mr. Know-It-All's Flash Friday 55


  1. I like your alliteration; I hear your irritation :-) Good flash 55!

  2. There are places along the south coast of England, where this could apply. Liked it, a lot.

  3. This could be included in travel brochures! Nicely done!!!

  4. Nicely written! My town is rather like that, too. :)

  5. It's always nice when the tourists go home at the end of the summer and the place returns to normal.

  6. the voice in which this is written...smiles. great 55

  7. Ginny...
    Welcome to the Friday Funfest.
    What a fantastic Job!
    Loved your 55.
    I hope you found this to be creative, challenging, and Fun!
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  8. lovely,

    your poetry is charming, girl friend, keep it up.


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