Trifecta: Week Sixty

This week’s word is-

1: lacking worth or basis : vain <idle chatter> <idle pleasure>
2: not occupied or employed: as
    a : having no employment : inactive <idle workers>
    b : not turned to normal or appropriate use <idle farmland>
    c : not scheduled to compete <the team will be idle tomorrow>
3: a : shiftless, lazy

Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.
This week’s challenge is community-judged.
Here is my contribution 🙂




Miss Guilt sulked in a corner.


Ms.Work was running late, trying to be everywhere at one and the same time.


Mrs. Diligence looked harassed.


Mr. Muck twiddled his thumbs, looking lost.


Master Boredom was feeling abandoned.


Baby Pleasure was lying curled up, dying an unnatural death.


Mr. Useful looked exhausted.



In Hell, things were getting out of hand.


Devil was breathing fire & brimstone.


“No empty minds?” he roared.


His workshop was gathering dust.


Worse, his minions had not been able to ensnare any souls –again!




In Heaven, things were no better


An emergency meeting had been called by God.


The many listless & tired souls, entering Heaven, were sucking the joy & happiness away!


Saint Peter stood at the Pearly Gates, mopping his brow nervously.


Heaven had no vacancy!




An ordinary weekend conversation………………….


Work: Humans worship me.


Guilt (slyly): Without me, they would crumble.


Boredom: I provide the fuel for mischief & entertainment.


Idle: Without me, where would you all be?


Pleasure (petulantly): But, they love me the most!


Muck: Nonsense! Without me, you are nothing!


Idle: Hello, it’s me who promotes you all!


Work: Ha! Ha! Listen to this fool!


Diligence(haughtily): True! With you around, nothing is accomplished.They need me the most.


Idle: Oh, yeah?


Success: Just shut up, Idle! What do you know anyway?


Idle: Better than you!


Useful: (sneering): Says who? You are good for nothing!


Idle: Watch it…


Work: Oh, get lost! We don’t need you.


Idle (fuming): Is that so? Fine! Am leaving-forever!



And Idle had left.


That was a year ago.


And now they were all paying the price……..




Meanwhile, on Earth ___


People were trudging tiredly. Working diligently day & night for the last one year had brought success to them but they had no idle moment for enjoyment.

There was no pleasure, no time for even boredom! They wanted to muck around & feel guilty but had no idleness left. They hated it……….



I wrote this fictional scenario because I feel that being diligent & hard working is a little overvalued .On the other hand,a little idleness is somehow looked upon as a sin.Why should they  be placed at such  extreme polarities?Isn’t a mix of  business & idleness more desirable?Remember that old adage,”All work & no play…”& without a little idleness,one cannot enjoy  leisure.Possibly,I have not used the third meaning,but had fun doing this-so please consider this as a product of an IDLE mind  >:o

36 thoughts on “CROWNING MR.IDLE

  1. Terrific! I love it. Here in the U.S. I think there is too much emphasis on “productivity”. It’s the be all and end all of life here. Idleness allows us time to recharge, to think, to construct, to innovate and create – as you have done here!

    • Thank You Stephanie:-)The stress on “productivity”,”performance”,”excellence” is becoming a norm than an exception & in still developing countries like ours-(I am from India),its worse cos we are still aspiring for a better tomorrow-what was that poem,”what is this life,if full of care,we have no time to stand & stare?’:-)

    • Ha!ha!Thank you Stacie -I have to agree with you,though I have never been to any Tropical island but the idea excites me-being idle on such an island-when do we leave?;-)

  2. Oh! the mix of the two is totally desirable.. I can be idle and happy.. And also be all worked up and disgruntled.. So yes it’s the mix that works the best.. Love your word play here and all these words came to life with action. Totally enjoyed your take on the prompt! 🙂

  3. That was a great answer to the challenge! You write such varied stuff! I loved it completely! And you’re completely right, we need to be idle from time to time lest we lose ourselves.

  4. different! AndI agree. Overworked has become overvalued. I try to teach my children the value of idelness and boredom.

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