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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Trifecta and Flash Fiction Challenges




Man of Wood, Man of Myth



 

 I feel the wind and the years fly over me, on this beach where eternity hangs so close. The sea seems still today, almost as thick as custard, as though from here I could walk with bouncy, sloppy steps across it to Europe. Where he is.

It’s my birthday, and I’m alone again. But not entirely, even though I’m without Michael. Part of him stands in front of me, in this once-living wood. No longer living, like the love he once claimed to have for me. At least the tree still has the life he gave it in this sculpture. He laughed when I called it the man of myth. But he never gave it another title. I told him what I saw in it—in the thick trunk, the abbreviated arms stretching out toward the sky—the image of Poseidon rising out of the ocean. The sea god, a man not tied by any cord to woman. Nor is the artist who created him.

It’s my birthday, and my gift is wisdom. The sea may alter the sand and the earth, weather and age may rot the wood, but only indifference can kill the heart. And if love lives on in one, it will not die.

I stand with feet spread apart in the sand and raise my arms in the air.
 
 
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This piece was written for two challenges: Trifecta and the Flash Fiction Blog Hop.
Trifecta: write a piece of between 33 and 330 words using the following definition:
 
Flash Fiction Blog Hop:
Use the above photo and the words custard   cord   birthday   alter   myth
 
 

 
 
 

10 comments:

  1. This may be brief, but it's a strong story. I loved the voice of this piece!

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  2. I was fascinated by the photo but was stumped (accidental pun) for a description. I love your take on it.

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  3. This a opening paragraph is absolutely stunning. Poetic and evocative - drew me in hook, line & sinker. Nice work!

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  4. Loss and acceptance - you really convey both strongly. Great piece!

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  5. Lovely piece, you convey the emotions beautifully.

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  6. Beautifully done! I particularly like the repetition at the beginning of the second and third paragraphs.

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  7. This is very affecting, Elaine. Love cast aside, bitterness but triumph. I agree with Lee, yours is poetic writing. :))

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  8. A lovely piece of flash fiction. I like how you incorporated both challenges together.

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  9. The post is very informative. It is a pleasure reading it. I have also bookmarked you for checking out new posts.
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