Spencer Writers Group


Spencer Writers Group

Creative writers from Spencer and the surronding area.

Website: http://spencerwritersgroup
Location: Spencer Iowa
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Jan 15, 2015

new stuff ........comments welcome

The League of Obscure Saints


by JdSchooley


Dear Diary;

Upon returning from lunch, these notes caught my eye


Dear God:

It is my extreme pleasure to bring to your attention the details from the minutes of this months meeting of the League of Obscure Saints, South Side, Heaven 00001


In so far as I am aware, all were in attendance at this and our last meeting. A newly sanctioned member attended, to be detailed later in these notes.


First to address the group was the committee head for the Trade Saints League, as is customary, since they are considered the lowest of all recognized saints. Their concern was with the some recent events when it was observed that no “Trades Persons” had prayed to any of them, but continues to call upon God, Jesus Christ, and Judas priest. (Which he is not!) Now while the recognized plumbers are the most frequent users of these terms, it was revealed by St. Louie of the Holy Pipefitters, that carpenters would have the greatest need to cry out but have gone to referring almost always to fecal matter and physical acts between adults.

       This issue was not discussed further, and no solution was advised.


At that time a report was presented by St. Lucky of the Beseeched Bookies & Card Sharks to remove the “Gamblers Prayer” from the list of “Holy Requests” as the odds are that it only seems to come from losers and lay bouts that show no desire to help themselves. In his estimation, they are the sorts who throw all their money at the lowest odds. Then they fail to even glance at a racing form but choose what ever horse sounds good to them at the time, like they were in some voting booth. Finally after all hope is lost they expect heaven to get involved and save their bacon, as it were.

      Recommended action; Leave em hanging.


On a lighter note, the Branch of lost Balloonists (Sunday Outfit) suggested people would pray more seriously if they got to ride in a hot air balloon. This was met with great agreement and it was suggested that a field trip be planned for our next “Get to Know the Earth” outing. This met with full approval, except for the representative from the Saintly League of Failed Skydivers, who thought the whole idea a bit of a flat joke, and predicted they would boycott the aforementioned outing.

      I felt that reaction a bit of a downer, but the rest were high on the plan.


  Entertainment has been suggested by Les Saints Réformé rue Prostituées.

Their spokesperson revealed her outline in a stunning four point spread so all could see her points. But in the end it became clear that her presentation lacked refinement and she was sent back to committee to perfect the thrust in her motion.

      It was then suggested by the member from the Saints in Blue that she needs to make apparent a price for performance, Topic closed.


  Under the subject of sainthood, a formal request was voiced to the board for inclusion to create a new committee seat for a group which is known as the Craft of Repentant Witches and Warlocks. It was declared by them that, their crimes were in no way against the high deity, but were the result of a clerical error with theology. They had become put off by the rather lofty (their words) way in which some martyred saints were looking down on the new sanction, and would like to see a new light on the whole lot. Hoping not to throw water on the martyrdom practice, the guest yielded to the spokesperson for League of Contrite Executioners who pointed out that practices of the past were an element which has since cooled and would stake claim that getting into heaven was not so hard as it had been in his time and would gladly usher a few of the whiney newbie’s back out. If they wanted, he could supply them with enough rope to finish the subject.

      With that comment St. Hazel of the CRW&W cut off any further discussion and recommended he could shelve his complaint with the rest of his subjects in the morgues.

(Now, I for one don’t understand why trade saints are allowed to retain their tools within the fine halls of the hereafter, but a struggle ensued when the saintly afore mentioned Executioner produced his broad axe and was promptly met with a flurry of incantations. This instantly added one new frog or toad (not clear which yet) to the population. Pandemonium ensued, there was a confiscation of one ‘wand’ type item and the meeting did calm down, only slightly, while the closing prayer was recited, and further agenda items were dropped. Another date was not set for our next meeting but I did hear the “when hell freezes over” recommendation, but none would claim the motion.


In closing I can only say, “God help us!”

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The Gathering

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Comment by Mister Toad on June 19, 2011 at 2:11pm
Comment by Mister Toad on June 19, 2011 at 2:21pm

"The Gathering"


A subject for preservation, help save the gathering from damaging weather. Write your friends and donate to the cost of repair. Contact Arts on Grand with your donations and consider creating your own Gathering story, then post it here.

Comment by Mister Toad on January 13, 2012 at 3:43pm

Feedback anyone?????



I am Well Rider         

By JdSchooley on 09/14/2011

Viewed: 148
Reviews: 6
I am well rider
Many buckets have I known
They press my feet into my toes
The windlass whirls
The rope in hand
Scratches at my cheek and nose

Echoes fill my head
When down the rocky shaft I plunge
Bursting far below, the tiny sky recedes
As black cascades and icy numb
The bubbles churn
Against my ears like drums

I am well rider
None can know my obsession
Many times Ive dropped down in
To see and feel my cold fixation
To sink into the deep
Below, where life is in cessation

But that is where I find the eyes
Long forgotten faces
How they hold you
Want to tell you of their stories
They have left our world
Each denied their places

I am well rider
Soon I must return
But here I found a solace
Here my ache and pain does churn
Her face and hair has bound me
My empty lungs now burn

Yet only here I see her
Her story sad and tragic
Cast, she was in shame
Taken by a lovers anger
Her only sin was loving,
A man who would not Father

Comment by Mister Toad on June 3, 2012 at 5:51pm


Working on my new blog, take a look, get back to me.

Let's talk.....Jd

Comment by Mister Toad on August 27, 2012 at 4:27pm

A recent letter from the Iowa Poetry Foundation announced that this poem would appear in this years poetry collection of selected Iowa poets. So I am presenting it here for you to see, feedback is appreciated...Jd



When Life Seems Impossible

By JdSchooley



When life seems impossible

   No one cares if you live or die…

      Change your hair, show up early

         Put out that extra effort, sigh a lot


Dress to the nines and carry a flamboyant book

   Make a fancy lunch, eat it lavishly

      Sit close to the action sipping expensive water

         When they call on you ignore them


Tell them you are working on more important things

   While studying offers from their competitors

      When they come to escort you out

         Speak clearly into your lapel


Asking,  “did the cameras get all that?”

   Done properly

      This should get you at least

         Two weeks room and board at state expense


Comment by Peter Blueberry on October 1, 2012 at 5:59pm

Hi, I'm not from Iowa but I'm from Earth, does that count? I write kids poetry and draw the sillt pictures. Just trying to find some people of like minds.


Comment by Peter Blueberry on October 1, 2012 at 6:00pm

Oops, I guess i I was closer to Iowa I'd know how to spell "silly pictures". Have fun.

Comment by Mister Toad on December 2, 2013 at 9:24pm

Please be our guest, share your words soon.

Comment by fancyfati on December 3, 2013 at 2:33pm

Hey...am new here..dont have much idea...can anyone tell me where i can post my poems for feedbak....Thankyou...:)

Comment by Mister Toad on December 3, 2013 at 6:53pm


start a free caf'e page here, and begin to review others work, you will soon be hearing other's impressions of your writing.


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