I wonder if raindrops have shadows. Everything has a shadow. The rain must have a shadow too. I think I’ve seen rain shadows once, in my garden, but now I’m not sure. I look for them every time it rains. Mostly I see only light and water. But sometimes – in the grass, on a wall – I see them. Rain shadows. And I know they’re there.
I have always loved the gentleness of stars. They are sharp clear things, full of intensity, but they never puncture. They never tear. Their twinkle is soft. When I end up among them I shall be safe.
I try to see the ghost of yesterday. She doesn’t come. Not for me, anyway.
The window gives me a watercolour view of the garden, and yet the colours are missing, stolen. The trees are shadows in the grey. They stand stark and bare, unmoving. From somewhere water drips.
I turn back to my coffee. The steam warms my face.
losing you –
I don’t like it when they open the windows. Memories blow out. And memories are all this place has.
We lived here, slept here, played here. Those moments have faded with the centuries, but they remain. And as long as they remain, so do we.
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Written for Twittering Tales #86 – 29 May 2018
I spent two days and two nights with the gypsies. They were camped at the foot of the mountains by the lake. The air was crisp here, like autumn leaves. Come evening there was a distinct chill to it. The first night I sat huddled next to the campfire, unused to such biting cold. I began to regret coming here.
Then the dancing began. The dancers moved swiftly, their bodies twisting and swirling, bare feet stamping out a lively beat. The air became hot and energetic, filling with the quick notes of Manfri’s guitar. I watched the dancers move, mesmerised, until they became part of the natural world, shadows flitting in and out of the firelight.
The barrier between nature and mankind had disintegrated. I saw the moon dancing in the water, heard the wind laughing in the brambles. Even the trees had eyes.
There were no more seams. Everything had a soul and everything was my soul. I knew then that we could never truly be alone in this world.
in her smile
The parking lot was empty. It was full of cars just a minute ago. Andrew reached into his pocket. He pulled out a small black object. “Blackwing to base,” he said into the mouthpiece. “I’ve found the interdimensional portal.”
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Written for Twittering Tales #78 – 3 April 2018
The Last Rose of Babylon sat beneath the willow tree. All around her was a dream of emerald. Floating in this dream were butter-coloured lilies and daisies like fallen stars. The dying embers of sunshine glittered in her hair.
Oh but if it could last, she thought.
She knew it could not.
Tomorrow the Persians invade.
The time for gentle things was gone.
(Image courtesy of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie)
Written for Sunday Writing Prompt “It’s All in the Title”
There was always two of us. Two of us to share, two of us to compare, two of us to pick favourites with.
Until I pushed Addie down the stairs.
Then there was only one of us.
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Written for Twittering Tale #77 – 27 March 2017
Getting lost in the marsh wasn’t great for our friendship. There was a lot of finger pointing. We were about to bite each other’s heads off when the swamp monster appeared. It took one look at us and dived right back under water.
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Written for Twittering Tale #76 – 20 March 2017
Please stay on the trail. There are things in those woods you don’t want to meet.
There was a young girl who wandered from the trail. All we found was her little red riding hood.
So please stay on the trail. The sign’s not there for the good of our health, but yours.
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Written for Twittering Tales #74 – “Please Stay on the Trail” – 6 March 2018
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