That is Priceless by Steve Melcher for September 28, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  4 months ago

    Starting Ishmael would have to wait for another night.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 4 months ago

    The Salton pays a lot of money for a snuggle.

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    ronaldspence  4 months ago

    So much for Netflix and chill…

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    Solstice*1947  4 months ago

    /// Sultan sleeps on a large leopard pelt.

    Hugs his concubine, silk-clad and svelte.

    To the girl’s knees he clings,

    but what are those strange things

    that are tucked in his wide leather belt?

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    rmremail  4 months ago

    Helen didn’t dare move for fear of waking Hal, but her leg was in excruciating pain from holding the same pose for the past hour. But such was the dangers of being the favorite harem girl.

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    rmremail  4 months ago

    Whenever the sultan came to visit, Fido had to sleep on the rug.

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    orinoco womble  4 months ago

    My first thought was Judith and Holofernes. But I’m weird.

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    PraiseofFolly  4 months ago

    It’s Scheherazade, I assume. A clever girl can keep her head about her:


    Night after night, she told a cliffhanger story

    About adventurous heroes and Arabia’s glory

    She did not do it lightly, she had a plan

    To outlast the vengeance of the jealous sultan

    That toward women angrily swore he.


    The stories as translated by Sir Richard Burton

    (Not Elizabeth T’s husband, that is for certain)

    Come in three volumes, unexpurgated

    As Scherzi herself at the time related

    To read through them all is somewhat a burden.


    Well, Scherzi’s plan worked, it was clever,

    And the sultan kept her as wife forever and ever.

    But to tell the truth, it was not love that clinched it

    It was to at last shut her up that finally cinched it.

    And her head was too much trouble to severe.

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    Egrayjames  4 months ago

    Reminds me of a Moody Blues lyric:

    Between the silence of the mountains

    And the crashing of the sea

    There lies a land I once lived in

    And she’s waiting there for me

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    garcoa  4 months ago

    That is a very dark painting.

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    Reader  4 months ago

    Favorite concubine? She may as well be his wife of 15 years if he’s going to fall asleep on the couch like this every night after dinner.

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    Tyge Premium Member 4 months ago

    It’s good to be Sultan! 8^ )

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    Tyge Premium Member 4 months ago

    Some Sultans are prematurely grey. This one appears to be, sadly, premature.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  4 months ago

    “So, enough about me, honey. Tell me about your day.”

    “Well, I-”


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    Calvins Brother  4 months ago

    Not exactly the Energizer Bunny, is he?

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 4 months ago

    Portia when I lie on your lap for some reason I think of a fish market?

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    Another Take  4 months ago

    I need a better monitor. It’s just a dark mess of a painting to me.

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    mabrndt Premium Member 4 months ago

    (Interior Scene with Sultan and Concubine) 

    has info and links that point to more info about this painting. The parentheses used in the title are what its museum included.


    Again, a larger strip image is shown by (Ctrl- or right-) clicking the image in Mr. Melcher’s MASTERPIECE #3002 (September 28, 2022) blog entry, accessible by the Check out the blog! box after the last comment, and using the dropdown menu (even larger if you trim what’s after .png from the URL). I have added a comment there (awaiting Mr. Melcher’s approval) pointing to info about this artist I used to point to here. First work by him used here.

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    anomaly  4 months ago

    With the pain in her legs, his exposed neck was getting very tempting.

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    6turtle9  4 months ago

    This certainly NOT the Sultan of Swing.

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    Bilan  4 months ago

    The Sultan fails again at his Guinness world record attempt. but he still enjoys trying.

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    d1234dick Premium Member 4 months ago

    the two ducks in the basket did help count Herin Finnish off Gertrude but it took so doing.

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    raybarb44  4 months ago

    Whoever said Old Men finish last didn’t know what they were saying…..

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    Running Buffalo Premium Member 4 months ago

    Scheherazade was the master at verbally counting sheep jumping over a fence.

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