Bud And Pud In New York – Flash Fiction for 9/13/13

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Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Send them, the homeless tempest tossed to me

I lift my lamp beside the golden door
-Inscription at the Statue of Liberty

Photo Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Photo Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Bud And Pud In New York

Wearing a sweaty NRA tee, Bud moved his lips as he read the inscription. Pud picked his nose, waiting for him to finish.

“You know what this says?”

Pud flicked away a big one.

“It actually encourages them to come here and take American jobs.”

Pud scratched his ass.

“We don’t need no more lazy poor people. We got enough wretched refuse already.”

Confused, Pud looked at the shoreline, littered with trash and hypodermic needles.

“We gotta stop telling them they’re gonna be waltzing through a golden door.”

Pud gawked at Lady Liberty.

“Like we even need a French statue.”

19 responses to “Bud And Pud In New York – Flash Fiction for 9/13/13

  1. Any chance we can send Bud and Pud to Europe? A little reverse-immigration? Somebody else wrote a story about a shark preparing to attack a boat. We can only hope this happens here. Unfortunately, there is a minority of folks like this. Hopefully, their type will die off soon under a mound of Wonder Bread and Twinkies. Great writing!

  2. “Pud looked at the shoreline, littered with trash and hypodermic needles.” So much for predictions of Armageddon–it’s already here. Definitely have your characters down, Ron. Good write.

  3. I decided to refrain from writing this week. You wrote what I refused to, darling. Thank you for being braver than I.

  4. I’m with Eagle Aye on this one. We’ve got plenty of 4th generation welfare that need to be shipped to the middle east. Let’s see how well they’d acclimate to that culture. Great tongue in cheek writing, Ron.

  5. Super job, Ron, taking what is and what it means and turning it around into what it isn’t. Fun couple of yahoos you’ve created too, maybe Bud and Pud could return to misinterpret more of what America’s about at a later date. Well done!

  6. Dear Ron,

    You know these guys, don’t you? Perfect dialog, pacing and a sad comment on the state of affairs in America these days.

    If it was not the truth I’d be laughing.



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