Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Cash”



It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again, and we have a new logo. John Holton is the genius behind its design. This week’s prompt is “cash” and Linda Hill says we can use it as a noun, verb or anything we want. If you would like to learn more here is a link into the Twilight Zone where you’ll certainly be on your own.

Cash by John W. Howellย ยฉ 2016

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

“No, you’re not. You don’t even look like Johnny Cash.”

“I really would like to be Johnny Cash, though.”

“Well, that black outfit sure gives the illusion.”

“Yeah, too bad I can play the guitar.”

“You don’t need to do that. There a plenty of guitar players. All you have to do is sing.”

“I’m afraid I can’t do that either. Listen. ‘I hold out for the tie that binds, I walk the line”‘

“You are certainly right about the non-singing part. Maybe if you just stood in the dark with that black hat and outfit, someone may think you are Johnny Cash.”

“You think so?”

“No. Had you going there didn’t I.”

“Okay, so I’m no Johnny Cash. Who can I be then?”

“Why don’t you try yourself?”

“How would I earn money that way.”

“Ever think of working?”

“Uh. There’s that word again. Why does everyone think I should work?”

“I think most of us are tired of handing you cash when you beg.”

“Beg? I don’t beg. By the way, you wouldn’t have a couple of bucks you could lend me do ya?”


“Aw, come on. I have not eaten in days, and I just need a little food so I can go job hunting.”

“You’re begging.”

“Seriously? No, I’m not. I’m just giving you the rationale for handing me some coin so I can cash it in on a burger.”

“Then what?”

“Then what what?”

“After the burger then what?”

“I’ll see if the burger joint is hiring.”

“Right. I can see you doing that after your burger. You’ll take a nap is what you’ll do.”

“How do you know?”

“How many burgers have I funded.”

“Oh, maybe a few.”

“Like hundreds and after each one you have a nap on the bench.”

“You know what?”


“You’re right. I need to get a grip. Don’t give me the burger cash.”

“What? wait. Here take the money.”

“No, I need to take charge.”

“Please take the money.”

“Well, I hate to see a person beg. Okay. Thanks.”

“You’re good you know that right?”

“I know.”


  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    John Howell with his SOC contribution with the prompt ‘Cash’ nicely done….

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    1. Thank you Sally. Hugs

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  2. This is an splendid start to my Saturday, John. Plus, as a bonus, I have a small collection of Johnny Cash songs running through my mind. I remember reading something that had a clip from an interview with Cash’s mom. She was talking about how he’d sing when he was outside working, as a boy. Then one day she heard this rich bass voice…
    Happy weekend and mega hugs!

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    1. That must have been some interview. He is a favorite of mine. Thanks, Teagan. See you a little later on Guitar Mancer. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. You had me at, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Great job, John. Walk the Line is one of my favorite movies, and Johnny Cash is my father’s favorite singer. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Mine too, Jill. I identified with some of his bad times and was so glad he came out of the dark. Did you ever hear his song “Why I wear black.”Very inspirational.


  4. I shouldn’t have been surprised about the Johnny Cash thing, but I am. You truly are the master of turning these prompts on their head.

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    1. Thank you so much, Charles. ๐Ÿ™‚ A Charles surprise is like winning a gold medal. ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Even better, the medal has chocolate inside.

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  5. Very nice John. Not many people could pass as Johnny Cash. The black, the look and the voice, way down there and all. There are people who never seem to have cash, though, that’s easy. Avoiding them, that’s a different story.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. I keep my eyes wide open all the time.

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  6. For some reason I want to make a terrible joke about spicy food and a burning ring of fire.

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    1. I think you just did. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    2. This was a good one, I chuckled quite a bit, but HAHAHA! Craig HAHAHA!

      When people tell me they don’t like Johnny Cash, I presume they’ve got no soul. lol

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      1. I’m with you, Joey.

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  7. Working for a living sucks.
    Trust me…

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    1. I know. “Curse of the drinking class” Remember?


  8. I’m not a big Johnny Cash fan (looks around for Bruce), but you did a great job on this prompt, my good friend! Thanks for the good, hearty laugh!

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    1. Glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. I like the new logo AND your interpretation, John. Well done!


  10. I’ve hung out with people this convincing…
    Enjoyed very much!

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    1. The end could not have been good.

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