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Poor Puff

I thought I’d have a go at Alastair’s Sunday Photo Fiction this week!

The rules say that we should mention if a story is “unsuitable for under 16’s”. I’m guessing not, I’ll just say there are drugs involved (nothing you won’t see in a daytime soap).

I’m guessing you know the history of “Puff the Magic Dragon” but here’s a link.

To see the other contributions, you can find them here.


Photo copyright Alastair Forbes

I was somebody back in the day. Doesn’t look like it now, eh? Well, I was.

Hung out with a guy called Paper. Little Jackie Paper. Dumb name, huh? Great guy though. Till he “grew up”. Left me high and dry inside my cave.

I tried to get work. I did. Amusement parks, TV appearances. But there was talk. Talk of drugs. There were no drugs, I tell you. But nobody believed me. Everywhere I went it was all “Hey, Puff, got any weed?” and “Yo, Puff, fancy a puff har har?”

So one day I just thought, “Okay, they all think I’m on drugs, I’ll do drugs.”

I smoked my first spliff. Heaven it was. I just drifted away. Good times!

They say weed is a “gateway” drug. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. For me, pretty soon I wanted something more. So I tried harder stuff.

The work dried up. I couldn’t concentrate. I didn’t care.

So here I am, lying in a dirty squat at the ass-end of nowhere, spilling my guts out to you guys. And you ain’t even listening.

After you with the crack pipe.

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    December 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I am not sure why I read this in Steve Buscemi’s voice, but there you go. Well done 🙂


    • December 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      I didn’t recognise the name but immediately recognised the face. Yes, this would go very well read in his voice 🙂
      Glad you liked it.


  2. December 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Poor Puff. I always worried about him. Sad the state to which he has come. Why not send the poor dragon critter to rehab? Or a 12-step program? Poor little thing … so sad.


    • December 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I’m hoping there’s a rehab for burnt-out dragons. Hopefully he’ll get back on his paws so that many more songs may be sung about him.


  3. December 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Ali, I always wondered what became of poor Puff. Very sad. 😦 Well written though. 🙂 — Susan


    • December 8, 2014 at 7:51 am

      He’s fallen on tough times right enough 😦


  4. JED
    December 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Ah, the life of a young star in today’s world. Always seems they end up on the downside later in life. Fun little glimpse into Puff’s world. I hope he can pull it back together.


    • December 8, 2014 at 7:51 am

      It was just too much too quickly for a young Puff to handle. I’m sure he’ll pull himself back together – he has “forever” according to the song.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. merbear74
    December 7, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Ass end. Hehe.


  6. December 8, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I always wondered what happened to him! Now I know!


    • December 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Yep, he’s languishing in a crack house 😦


      • December 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        He definitely needs intervention! Maybe the Short, Tall or Bald Doctor can help him out! (Burgess Meredith film on Puff from 1978.)


        • December 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

          There was a film about Puff I’ve not seen? Off to Amazon Video with me…


  7. December 8, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Dragons live forever, so why not indulge a bit? Charlie Sheen should’ve had dragon blood…


    • December 8, 2014 at 7:53 am

      He’s got time to try everything I guess. Not a great way to live forever though!


  8. December 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

    That song left me feeling sad, until I twisted it to mean Peter stopped smoking.


    • December 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

      I think there have been many interpretations of that song over the years! It does have a very sad ending.


  9. December 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Oops meant Paper, twisted that into Peter Piper. I dislike my mind often.


  10. Al
    December 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.


  11. Lyn
    December 9, 2014 at 12:04 am

    It’s always sad when a dragon goes off the tracks. I just hope it doesn’t all get too much for him and he goes up in a puff of smoke–or worse still, spontaneous combustion 😦


    • December 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

      It is sad and as you say, quite dangerous for a combustible animal to go off the rails.


  12. December 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Haha! Oh the downfall of the rich and famous. I suppose if you’re “Puff the Magic Dragon” you’re bound to find the drug scene eventually. I always wondered what happened to him. Great concept and humorously written. I really enjoyed this.


    • December 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

      I’m glad I’ve been able to fill in the gaps of Puff’s life “post-stardom” 🙂
      I’m happy you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. December 9, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Bwaahaaahaaa! Love it!


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    • December 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

      And we thought he was living in a nice retirement cave someone on the coast.

      Liked by 1 person

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