It Soothes the Savage Beast

  Huddled together, a hundred inmates sat cross legged with chains connecting their wrists.  The hot sun scorched the ground and concrete and the men became uneasy, agitated.  Guards with billyclubs and badges reflecting the heat paced around the mob.

Suddenly shouting began at the back of the group as the lanky stranger made his way to the front.   The shouting fermented into an uproar as the man stopped dead center.   Mean-looking and yet strangely unpretentious, he slowly lifted the strap from his shoulder.

With guitar in place and a deep baritone voice he began:

“Love …. is a burning thing….”


Photo  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Photo Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


100 words


One hundred words.  A photo prompt, this week created by our host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  Recipe for Friday Fictioneers.

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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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36 Responses to It Soothes the Savage Beast

  1. Lovely take on the prompt. The ending was so unexpected and heart-warming, a lovely tribute to Johnny Cash


  2. Nan Falkner says:

    Fabulous! What a wonderful story and tribute to Johnny Cash! Nan 🙂


  3. liz young says:

    I really wnted to read this but your font is too faint! I like johnny Cash too.


  4. Ruth, Johnny Cash was truly an original with a style all his own. I loved his music. Well written with that surprise ending. 🙂 —Susan


  5. Dee says:

    Well done Ruth!
    I loved Johnny Cash, thanks for reminding me, now I can;t stop humming ‘Ring of Fire’


  6. BrainRants says:

    You’re probably the only one to connect JC to the photo, but what a great surprise!


  7. Oh, Johnny…one of the best. Loved it.


  8. Ha. That was a great image and funny. Randy


  9. Oh I love love love this! Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire was the first song I danced to when I was about four. Such a good idea for a story.


  10. Great progression to Jonhny Cash!


  11. LB says:

    Johnny Cash! Great song 🙂


  12. Grace says:

    Who doesn’t like a little something from the original Man in Black! 🙂


  13. Dear Ruth,

    Well played. I agree with Janet that the first two sentences should be one. I really loved the ending and the realization that it was Johnny Cash. I love Ring of Fire.



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  14. Nicely done, Ruth. Would you consider adding the second sentence to the first? It’s incomplete as is and I think doing so would contribute to a nicer flow.



  15. Maxi says:

    Ring ‘O Fire from a great one. Thanks for sharing, Ruth.
    blessings ~ maxi


  16. Sandairy says:

    Wow, Ruth, this surprise ending was great!!!! Hey, Forgot to tell you how much we love the cd you made for all of us. Emily drove our car one day in Muncie and commented on how she love the music,too!!!


  17. Archon's Den says:

    Retired Archon thinks it’s pretty good too. 🙂


  18. plaridel says:

    well done. you have captured accurately the opening scene of the movie.


  19. Just right before the last line I was there right in “walk the line” .. great connection with the fire.


  20. Ellespeth says:

    What a great piece you’ve written, Ruth! I can sense the excitement and restlessness. Johnny Cash’s voice was/remains one of the greatest.


  21. Yes, and I’ve been humming it to myself since I read this. Thanks a lot, Ruth! LOL!


  22. Elizabeth says:

    You made me laugh now. I thought he would kill everyone. Very good!


  23. Oh, this is great! Folsom Prison Blues and Johnny Cash. Really like this, Ruth, quite the surprise ending!


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