Picture it & write – Oh cold night!

Ermilia’s Picture it & write  (Sunday 08 July 2012) 

Once again here is my offering to ‘Picture It & Write’ hosted by Ermilia (Ermisenda and Elizabeth) who invite others to join them by writing a fictional story, or poem to accompany an image presented on their blog. ______________________________

Picture it & write
Hosted by Ermilia’s blog
Picture Credit – syda-ginger

The lights shone before me. I was reminded; that was where it had happened.

It had been a cold night; frost had been eating at the grass all day, and now as night appeared the melancholy remnants of the cold remained. It hadn’t been a good beginning; there was an air of mystery and a strange silence. I felt intrigued and yet I also had a sense of foreboding. Would the night bring rewards, or was it to be another night of solitude?

I was reminded by the flash of light; I was reminded that life brings with it twists and turns. I was reminded that, before this day, I had felt the need to press on, regardless of the consequences. Would my actions bring rewards? This question kept coming to me over and over again. Would I be caught up in a whirlwind of energy that would circumvent the tedium? Would I be grateful at the end of this night, or would I regret my actions?

I didn’t know. I only knew that if I didn’t follow through with the actions impressed upon my being I would surely be left wondering for eternity.

No, I had to go ahead. I had to take that bull by its horns and throw it as far as I could muster. That was my resolution. It was necessary to do. With this resolve firmly in hand I walked forward. I walked forward with every nerve in my body screaming for attention.

Our eyes locked. We embraced. It felt so very good. It was everything I had dreamed about; longed for; thought about and hoped for. Oh, cold night I praise thee. Thank you for your deliverance.

Carolyn Page


    1. Thanks Kim… The pic, I thought, was of isolation and perhaps fear. Me, being me, I wanted to change that into something less foreboding! Hence, a night time reunion, but with doubt and concern. The night became her friend although she was probably in for some heartache with a man who was less than honourable…. Ain’t love grand..!!! 🙂

    1. I hadn’t thought of her as perservering and yet, now I can see this in her… Thank You so much for this insight..! 🙂
      Writing is good fun; that’s a certainty and a surprise to me!

  1. When I went back and read it a second time, I found you can read it two ways, one in which she chooses to be with him and enjoys his embrace, the other where she chooses the night itself and enjoys it’s embrace. Both ways, it really spells out that if you don’t take the action you don’t live life.

    1. Yes Anne… I think it’s a piece that needs a second read, basically because of the ending. I wanted to create a story that wasn’t going to be totally ‘fulfilling’. Your critique was very sensitive to the character…. Thanks so much… 😉

  2. Great work. I loved the description of the frost eating at the grass all day. So creative. I love how you provided two different ending interpretations. It provides a new layer to the story. Thanks for contributing this week, Carolyn, to Picture it & write!

    – Ermisenda

    1. Thanks again Ermisenda, I wasn’t sure about the ending however; that was as the character portrayed herself to me – full of doubt and apprehension! Perhaps unsure of her own footing in life and finding comfort in the night….
      As I mentioned on your blog; I loved your piece. It was compelling and swift. I really enjoyed it… 🙂

  3. this is a piece of art. Not just the photo itself makes you imagine, guess, and wonder but also your writing – sucks you in, makes you read more and more in anticipation to find out where this is going. And then, BAM, go figure and you need to re-read and re-think and you find yourself wondering again. Your imagination just explodes and takes you down the rabbit hole.

    1. Wow…. Talk about good writing…!!!
      If you enjoyed mine I certainly enjoyed yours… 🙂
      Yes Dace; there’s certainly more than one way to skin a cat and I found myself doing that with the intriguing picture (it was a great inspiration).
      Thanks for dropping by; your comments are always so welcome… 🙂

    1. Thank You…. I’ve only just found this type of writing and I’m enjoying it immensely… In fact, I’ve started working on a novel. Never, ever thought I’d be saying that!
      Thanks for visiting… 🙂

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