Two Green Hearts

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

One co-worker gawks. “That’s your anniversary present?”

Another snickers. “How many years did you say you’ve been married?”

“Fifteen,” I answer, admittedly a bit embarrassed. I open the card from my husband.

The beauty of roses
fades with time
But two hearts still green,
Will grow and climb
While love, like ivy, wraps around us
I can’t think of a rhyme, so instead I’ll just
Move on to Crystal and what it means
Our love still sparkles, even at fifteen,
Multi-faceted, and I have a hunch
It’ll always hold a delightful punch.

Even the gawker swoons.

THE END

I am NOT a poet. 🙂 Still, it was fun to come up with something for Rochelle’s interesting and challenging photo prompt. Click the “froggy” button to read more creative stories on this week’s prompt by multi-faceted, multi-talented Friday Fictioneers.

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Conqueror

PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright. © Photographer prefers to remain anonymous.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
                                                                      ~ Marilyn Monroe

When I was a little girl, I used to clomp around in my mother’s black patent-leather high-heeled shoes and imagine I could conquer the world!

Decades later, my campfire flickers light on old, worn boots that have carried me all over the world. I rub muscle cramps from my calloused feet. That little girl conqueror in high-heels used to call them Charlie Horses.

This old woman didn’t conquer the world. I lost myself to it.

And conquered myself instead.

THE END

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt.

And thanks for the photo prompt, Courtney Wright! Oh the places those boots must have seen! 🙂

To read more stories in an online flash fiction anthology by Friday Fictioneer authors, click:

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The Most Romantic Place

PHOTO PROMPT ©Jill Wisoff

“Grandma, tell me the story again about how you met Pops.”

“Well, everyone knows the most romantic place to meet is the Empire State Building, right?”

Allie nods.

“That’s where I was headed that cold, October afternoon. To meet a blind date for coffee. But I was famished, so I stopped at a hot dog stand with a purple and pink umbrella.”

“My favorite colors!”

“When the handsome young man—your grandpa—handed me a steaming hot dog drizzled with mustard, it was love at first sight.”

She giggles, her smile smudged with mustard. “No wonder I love hot dogs!”

THE END

It’s been a whirlwind, wonderful month with the addition of a third grandchild, (Jack!) my nephew’s wedding (Congratulations, Tim and Meghan!) and my favorite writers’ conference (OWFI!) but I’m happy to be back and writing again–even if it’s only 100 words a week. 🙂

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt.

And thanks for the photo prompt, Jill Wisoff! I love New York. 🙂

To read more stories in an online flash fiction anthology by Friday Fictioneer authors, click:

A few pics of my busy (though happy) month:

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Friday Fictioneers: Dreaded Words

PHOTO PROMPT © Yarnspinnerr

“Wait ‘til your father gets home!”

I’m not sure what I’ve done this time, but something tells me it has to do with the baseball I just hit.

“How many times have I told you not to play ball so close to the house?”

Too many.

Against my better judgement, I run toward the porch. I’d rather hide at Billy’s house.

Mom’s pointing up.

I gawk and shudder.

The ceiling fan looks like the very claw approaching me—Mom’s hand.

She grabs my hair and pulls me inside. “Go to your room!”

Why, oh, why didn’t I hide at Billy’s?

THE END

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt.

And thanks for the photo prompt, yarnspinnerr!

To read more stories in an online flash fiction anthology by Friday Fictioneer authors, click:

Thanks for reading! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A LINK TO YOUR STORY IN THE COMMENTS! 🙂

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Stumped

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Stumped

Blurry-eyed and half-awake, she sipped her coffee and stared at the photo, finding it interesting, yet troubling. Was this the one that would stump her?

Her thoughts drifted like leaves tossed in a chill wind, her mind, a blank sheet of paper that refused to be written upon.

What were those objects?

What were they made of? Reeds? Whale bone? Oh, I hope not. Maybe it’s just plastic.

Who was the artist? What kind of person was he? Or she? And what was he or she thinking when he or she created them?

She sipped again and continued to stare.

THE END

To read an online anthology by other Friday Fictioneers from all over the world, click here:

Though I found these objets d’art fascinating, my mind was spotless for a story. So instead, I wrote about myself pondering, searching, grasping unsuccessfully for a story. I hope that counts! 🙂

Thank you to Dale Rogerson for the challenging prompt (the prompt won!) and to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, our creatively-fearless (or perhaps fearlessly-creative is more descriptive? More coffee!) leader of the Friday Fictioneers.

FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A LINK TO YOUR STORY IN THE COMMENTS! 🙂

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