Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Write at the Merge: Desert Solitaire

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At some point, in other centuries, dunes of sand, and sands of time have erased what was, leaving what remains. A shadow.  A shell.  A memory.

For this reason, she likes to come here, finding beauty in the abandoned. The forgotten. The lost.  It takes a special person to appreciate such beauty, and she likes to think she is a special person.

The grains of sand must number in the millions.  Even billions.  And in this potential, she finds hope.  Out there, in the world that has wounded her with indifference, the number of souls must also number in the millions, or billions. And maybe-among those millions and billions-there is one person, who just might realize that she is special too.

 

 

I wrote this piece for this week’s Write on Edge prompt inspired by the photo and also the words abandoned beauty.  I’ve been working like crazy to finish my short story for consideration in the next volume of Precipice-and I’m almost finished!!

13 comments:

  1. This is a thoughtful use of the prompt. There is always hope.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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  2. Thanks Katie! I pretty much wrote it off the cuff, but the prompt was too good to resist!

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  3. This was a fun prompt. I love where you take it.

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  4. Thanks Lisa! I had half a dozen other ideas, and then I just wrote this version in a matter of minutes. It was a very inspiring prompt!

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  5. Oh I love this and I am positive your entry will be incredible as always Good luck. B

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  6. Awww, this made me kind of sad! Everyone needs someone who thinks they are special. I hope she finds her person :) Best of lucking finishing the short story, Valerie!

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  7. Bittersweet but beautiful - thank you for the wonderful imagery.

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  8. Poignant! I love your writing (and your bags), Valerie.

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  9. I love the equal measure of sadness and hope. It's is so universal that wish.

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  10. "...wounded her with indifference." What a powerful line, Valerie. Nicely done!

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  11. So bittersweet, yet there's the feeling of hope woven through it. She is, indeed, special.

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  12. Melancholy touched with the light of optimism that always shines through your words.

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