Parade of crazies

It started with good intentions. We just wanted the Powers That Be to know we were tired of being ignored, or worse, patronized. We may not be the most affluent constituents, but our voices are just as important, and remember there are more of us.

The protests were civilized, mostly people carrying signs, shouting at the Armani suits filing in and out of the financial district. I don’t know what went wrong. Frauds infiltrated our ranks, corrupting our campaign. I wouldn’t be surprised if our opposition planted them just to turn public support against us.

There were physical assaults and intimidation. They defecated on parked cars and raped women! Who does that kind of shit? That wasn’t part of our plan, it was completely counter to our intended goals.

Our message got lost in some wild Mummer’s Parade of crazies. We may never earn our credibility back. Perhaps that was the objective all along.

Trifecta, a weekly one-word prompt, challenges writers to use that word in its third definition form, using no less than 33 words or no more than 333. The week’s prompt is: Wild [adj. \wahyld\] 3: (1): not subject to restraint or regulation: uncontrolled; also : unruly (2) : emotionally overcome; also : passionately eager or enthusiastic

*While not a sequel to my 100 Word challenges this week, this is an adjunct to that short.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. There are always that select few that have to ruin it. Your description in the beginning gives you a carefree feeling of easy going group of people. You leave us in discomfort for the well meaning protesters and you want to punch the people who came in to ruin it. Plus, your right. Who takes a crap on a car?


  2. Such an interesting thought, planting instigators to make protesters appear extreme. It makes me wonder about the issues at Occupy Portland.
    Thanks for linking up. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the new prompt.


  3. Carrie says:

    Love this as a follow up to the other piece. Such great imagery with the Armani suits and the protesting ‘crazies’


  4. seekorirant says:

    You hit the nail right on the head with this one, Tara!


  5. Annabelle says:

    “Mummer’s Parade” really is a great image. Good example of the way well-intentioned ideas can turn out of our control as they get bigger.


  6. jannatwrites says:

    It is the crazies that get media attention and it can hurt a good cause. Interesting thought at the end that it could’ve been the plan…


  7. Patti says:

    This reminds me of those days when undercover FBI agents infiltrated civil rights demonstrations, on the wrong side of the equation, in an attempt tp discredit Martin Luther King. I suspect that you scratch the surface on a lot of these offenders, you’d find something a lot more sinister than bad behavior.


  8. Lance says:

    You delivered the message that good intentioned protestors want people to know. Its the extreme that ruin the importance. Great job.


  9. k~ says:

    Nicely done Tara!


  10. I loved “wild Mummer’s Parade”. That image is glorious. I think the reason my Mom stopped being a Hippie (formally. She’s still the last living Hippie) is that the idiot rate sometimes topped the nonviolent protest rate.


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