Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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Post 1612. Tuesday October 3

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers





A girl sits cross-legged on the grass. In her hand, a flickering candle. 'All you need is love' she whispers. One by one the village folk join her. 'All you need is love' they sing.

Somewhere in Russia, a devushka wanders into a square clutching a candle. Minutes later the square is filled with people singing. 'Vvse, chto tebe nuzhno - eto lyubov'. All you need is love.

Across the Latin world, joyful crowds gather. ‘Todo lo que necesitas es amor’ they sing as golden flames dance to the tune.

Across Africa, Asia and the Middle East people join in song. The world is illuminated by candles, brightened by song. To the east, south, north, and the farthest west they sing.

In war-torn countries, they lay down their arms and pick up candles. Sworn enemies sing together. 'Kl ma tahtaj 'iilayh hu alhabu'. Suddenly the world is a happy place, we sing as one. All you need is love.

Then all is quiet. A girl sits alone on the grass. ‘Love is all we need' she whispers…..



Word count 176



My story was inspired by this week's picture which has kindly been provided by Elaine Farrington Johnson.



34 comments:

  1. Again, as with others, thank you for renewing my hope. I write horror, so mine is not so...um..pleasant. All stories have a place. Yours felt, good.
    Scott

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    1. I normally dismiss my first thought on the basis that most of us will go down the same path, but today I joined in. I have just read yours, and whilst it's not 'pleasant' it does carry a timely message.

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  2. This was beautiful, Keith. A real positive write. Thank you for that.

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  3. Such a nice thought. Maybe one day...

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    1. ...not in our lifetimes I fear. Thanks Iain

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  4. Hi Keith - the words do spread and we all do need love and each other to live in peace ... lovely story - cheers Hilary

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  5. That's such a positive write. Left me with warm hopes for humanity after reading it. Nicely done

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    1. Right now, hope is all we have. Thanks Lavanya.

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  6. We can only hope those who are spreading hate will get this message soon.

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    1. When will they realise they have nothing to gain? Thanks mimi

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  7. Amazing writing as always. I like your take on the prompt

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  8. In my particular point of view, we will all have peace someday, but it won't be easy and yes, it will get worse before it gets better.

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    1. I'm not hopeful of a solution in my lifetime, I only pray things will improve for future generations. Cheers James

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  9. Keith, of everything I’ve ever read that you’ve written, and you write good stuff, this is hands down the best. Thank you for writing it this week.

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    1. I can't thank you enough for your comment. It makes all the hours spent at my computer worthwhile. Thank you so much

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  10. Wonderful story Keith! I love how it starts with one girl then encompasses the whole world joining into a "Love" song. Great story and so true!

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    1. Thanks PJ, I'm so pleased you liked it.

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  11. This is so full of hope in the otherwise bleak atmosphere. Hope all war hungry hands lay down their arms and light a candle . Thanks Keith for the lovely story.
    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.in/2017/10/shielded.html

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    1. It would be wonderful. We can only hope. Thank you Kalpana

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  12. That is a profound and powerful message Keith- hope we see this someday in reality.

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    1. That's all we can do - live in hope. Thanks Akshata

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  13. Beautiful story, Keith. It's a one world and restoring peace and love will have to be a united endeavour.

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    1. It's a tall order but who knows? One day maybe. Tanks moon

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  14. oh really love this. Wouldn't that be wonderful I love how you translated it in many languages and love your poetic language "golden flames dance to the tone" great

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    1. That's much appreciated Marja, thank yoou

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  15. This is hopeful and beautiful, Keith. If only it could be started by one little girl singing.

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