by Thea ConstantineOur language has so many unanswered questions, we hardly notice them anymore. The parental and authority questions include “Were you raised by wolves?” Some questions originated as jokes or riddles. “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
Rhetorical ones include “Is the pope a Catholic?” and, “Are you kidding me?” I rather like the ones that proclaim or challenge: “Who’s the man?” and, “What am I, chopped liver?” Many of these old chestnuts survive because they come with wonderful mental pictures. The pope, the road, and the wolves – they all exist in my mind’s eye.
So grab a piece of paper and get busy answering the questions you have heard all your life. Answer them in your own unique way.
Here are some more to get you started:
- What’s wrong with this picture?
- You and whose army?
- What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?
- Who died and left you in charge?
- Why buy the cow when the milk is free?
- Why close the barn door after the horse is gone?
- Were you born in a barn?
- If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?
- Who do you think you are?
- Do you know who I am?
As always, please come back and tell us what you have found.
Thea Constantine is a writer and certified AWA facilitator with PDX Writers. Her short stories have most recently appeared in In Focus, the quarterly magazine of the PEN Cyprus Center; Stellazine; Roving Writers; “On the Yellow Line,” a weekly column for Street Roots; and an original serial for the online magazine The Black Boot. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies. She won 1st Place Short Story in the maiden edition of the Watercress Journal. She is currently at work on her first novel, Stumptown.