Susan Marie Molloy

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There’s a bare spot outside on the house that needs a little something by the front door. I was thinking something along the lines of a little piece of art, some sort of attractive filler that helps to define the house, set it apart from the expected and mundane, yet still be tasteful and surprising.

First, I came across this screaming gem:

It’s funny, it made me laugh, it would cheese off the neighbors, and then I thought twice.

No, not this one.

Angels. Sun faces. Fairies.  Dragons.  Keep going, I thought.  A few pages later, I found it:

Bacchus. The Roman god of the woodlands and wine. Yes, he would be The One.

I showed my beau, and he was on board. “That’s great.  It’s Bacchus.  Let’s get it!”

“And then, you know what we should do?”


“Let’s put a sign under him that says, ‘Jim.’  Get it?  ‘Jim’” as I waved my hand slowly as if pulling out another name.

My beau’s lips began to curl into a smile, but he was bewildered.

Then I blurted it out. “As in Jim Backus.  Bacchus, Backus.”

My beau burst into laughter and laughed until tears formed in his eyes about the pun.

Our Jim Bacchus should arrive sometime next week.

Jim Backus, Actor.

• To read about Jim Backus the actor, who appeared in movies such as Pat and Mike (1952), Rebel without a Cause (1955), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), the voice of cartoon character Mister Magoo (1949-89), and who starred in television shows such as I Married Joan (1952-55), and Gilligan’s Island (1964-67), and so much more, click HERE.  

©2017 Susan Marie Molloy and all works in between.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

One thought on “Jim

  1. I hope the winos in the neighborhood, who disguise themselves as socialites, don’t take this as a sign that the bar is open……….

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