Kreative Kue 212 asked for submissions based on this photograph:
John W Howell is the author of the John Cannon trilogy of My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice and Circumstances of Childhood, co-author of The Contract, and blogs at Fiction Favorites.
The Walk by John W. Howell © 2019
“So how long have you been coming this way?”
“What do you mean?”
“Along this rocky beach.”
“Oh, this is a favorite of mine. I love the sound of the water.”
“But it is hard to walk on.”
“Yes but the views and fresh air make it all worthwhile.”
“I don’t know, but I think I prefer the higher ground.”
“What? And miss the opportunity to commune with nature?”
“The only nature I see are those buzzards circling overhead.”
“Come on. Look at those gulls over there.”
“Yeah, you see one gull you see them all.”
“Looks like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed.”
“Well, I wasn’t very keen on taking this walk.”
“I know if it were up to you, it would be all about lying around the house all day and never seeing anything.”
“Well, I’m not a big fan of the outdoors.”
“I don’t get that. Your kind has roamed the Earth for centuries.”
“Maybe some of my kind has. It is not for me. Can we go back now?”
“I can’t believe this. Your ancestors invented fire for heaven’s sake. You would think you could stand a little walk?”
“Easy for you to say. You have four legs so it is not as hard on each leg.”
“Okay, we’ll go back, but not a peep until kibble time.”
And this from Kristian, who blogs regularly at Tales from the mind of Kristian.
Beachwalking Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 25/March/2019
I walk along the beach at dawn
Wandering freely without much care
Of where I place each foot, forlorn
And heavy, wondering why I linger there.
I glance to see a foggy tendril
A whispering ghost of gossamer wing
I hear a voice, I stand and tremble,
It is my name the Angels Sing.
There, by the sea, a corpse is lying,
I rush to help, too late, and yet
I give a breath, then stop trying
My eyes fall upon a piece of Jet.
The blackest stone of mourning loss
I see its glimmer and watch it shine.
This gem reveals much with its gloss.
The Gem and body, both are mine.
On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.
Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar.
I shall display the entries next Monday.
There won’t be a Kreative Kue for a couple of weeks – it seems someone is rather keen (and in a hurry) to buy our home here in France. Next week, we’ll be heading to the north of England in an effort to identify a house to live in after we have to leave this one! The next scheduled Kreative Kue will be on Easter Monday, 22nd April.