I remember childhood tinged with yellow. Fields behind my house, long grass with ox-eye daises teetering on the breeze and scratchy corn itching my back as I lay staring up at gold-edged clouds between pages.
Then there were rosy sunsets and flushed cheeks and hands clasped tight as first love blossomed.
I wished for bouquets of red roses and a white wedding dress. I wanted teal bed linen and seafoam walls, and trails of green ivy climbing the brickwork. I wanted pink wine and black coffee, and multi-coloured years, merging into the silver of growing old together.
But life’s palette will be never more than my crayon box colours as I rest in a lost, brambled corner of the field behind my childhood home. My bones are bleached by time and the sanguine pools beneath me long consumed by mother earth as my first love became last.
Written for Angela Goff’s Visual Dare – One week, 150 words, one black-and-white photo that could spawn a hundred different stories.
Go take a look at the stories in her comments, each a different take on the picture above!
Wow! So beautiful despite the melancholy ending. So much said in so few words, my imagination has created the rest of the story.
Thanks, Sylva, I want to get back into Flash Fiction, as I’ve neglected it so much lately!
Love how you weave words: a light brush stroke of color contrasted by the despair of love lost.
Thanks, Tess! Such a lovely comment x
I loved this piece the descriptions were magical.
Aw, thanks, magical is lovely!
Excellent, evocative description. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I appreciate your comment, Cathleen, you got what I was aiming for x
Reblogged this on Julia Lund and commented:
Lisa’s lyrical words paint an evocative picture in this lovely piece of flash fiction.
Thanks for the reblog, Julia, I plan to stretch my flash fiction wings again, whilst planning my next series of books!
I plan to read your books this year. Want to read them in one go. You write beautifully and I like good writing.
I’ve got yours in my tbr, really excited to read them too x
Beautiful, hopeful, haunting, sad. Great writing!
You totally got it! Thanks, Mary x
Btw, what is the link for? I click on it and get a ton of html code.
Does this link work? https://anonymouslegacy1.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/visdare-125-candid/ It should take you to Angela Goff’s Anonymous Legacy page and her Visual Dare Flash Fiction exercise? The links work when I click on them… really sorry about that x
Yes, the new link works. Thanks!