1) Chop up the gold to make it dissolve much faster.
2) It's gold. Hit it with a hammer until it turns into an ashtray or a coaster. Or lumps, and put it in a box with a pack of cigarettes and a bar of soap.
3) Also if you adulterate it with silver, gold turns green; copper turns it pink. Few people know this, making it an excellent disguise. The right shade of pink gold looks a lot like copper.
This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Antarctica" prompt in my 6-1-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.
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"Fun Weighs Nothing"
Modern entertainment is all based
on expensive computer consoles
or board games that cost $50 a box
but there was a time when
fun weighed nothing
and didn't cost either.
Kids ran around outside
playing tag and red rover
and blind man's bluff.
They made snowball forts
and fought epic battles,
built sand castles and mud slides.
There were no cell phones then,
no helicopter parents, and
neighbors actually knew each other.
Today most of the kids are fixated
on toys that blink and beep
and run out of batteries
but some of them still remember
that fun weighs nothing and
twilight isn't really dark
until Mom drags you indoors by the wrist.
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The title is a riff on the premise that "Knowledge Weighs Nothing" and refers to games that can be played without special equipment, as long as you have someone who knows the rules.
These are some traditional games.
This is a vital life skill. You don't have to be able to do everything, just know how to get everything done. Schools don't teach it, parents these days are often unavailable, so people may not learn it. There are usually a lot of different ways to accomplish things. I could just as easily have asked my partner, who was three feet away chopping peppers. But I'm proud of myself for knowing how to figure out these little everyday puzzles -- the stuff that ordinary people actually need math for, only a lot of time, you don't need the numbers. You need an amount of something. That can usually be obtained through practical methods, faster and more accurately if you are not good with numbers. I'm good with string.
The other thing is that a friend of ours was practicing with his longbow out in our yard, and let us try it. This is the first time I've gotten to fire a longbow in this life -- the others were compounds. It was way too heavy a draw for me, but I did manage to launch an arrow with it, and not smack my boobs or elbow with the string. I remember how to do it, even if this body won't really go there. Close enough is ... not good enough to put a rabbit in the pot, but good enough to put a smile on my face for sheer nostalgia.