Sunday, March 26, 2017

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Post 1487. Sunday March 26

Sunday Photo Fiction



'One hundred and sixty steps' he yells That's all.

I hesitate. Look over my shoulder.

'What are you waiting for?' he screams. 'Your life is finished there'.

And I so I leave.

One hundred and fifty-nine, fifty-eight, fifty-seven…

'A better life awaits you here' he promises. 'You can start anew'.

Is he right?

One hundred and twenty-one, twenty, nineteen …

'Almost half way' he calls. 'Faster. Faster'.

'Come back' cries a voice from the past.

Sixty-one, sixty... sixty...

'Why have you stopped?' cries the voice in the future.

I set off again.

Fifty-nine, fifty-eight, fifty-seven...

'Almost here, a few steps more' he says.

Will the grass be greener, am I being stupid, was it so bad, am I being greedy, will I regret it, shall I, shall I?

Eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two…

'One step more' he gleefully says.

I hesitate. Look this way and that.

'Why are you weeping?' I ask the past 'Why the menacing laugh?' I ask the future.

What shall I do

I decide.

Two, three, four, five, six, seven…

One hundred and fifty-three steps to go.




Inspired by Jules Paige's picture at  this week's Sunday Photo Fiction










14 comments:

  1. Wow! Chilling. I love that photo, by the way.

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  2. Excellent take on the photo. The past can be so much more secure and comfortable than an unknown future. Telling for the world we live in today.

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    1. Indeed. I'm pleased the message came through - its a style I've never attempted before. Thanks Iain

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  3. Sobering and very well done, Keith! While we can't really return to the past, we also don't need to run headlong into an uncertain future. My vote would be to stand your ground and embrace the day, see what it holds and where it leads. Another step toward the finish line can be taken tomorrow.

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    1. It's easy to be tempted by the bright lights, but so often unwise. Beter the devil you know!

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  4. Great! I liked the idea of turning tje jetty into a time machine.

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  5. Very beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great attempt at soemething new.

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  7. That was great Keith. I love that it is an internal turmoil depicted as a walk along a thin jetty

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    1. I wasn't sure it would work but seemingly it did. Phew! Thanks so much.

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