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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The affair -- Magpie Tales #41


His tools still hung on the wall and, on the shelf below, the bottle tilted, gathering dust. The last bottle. He’d never drink again now.
She went downstairs sometimes, to look. To look at his tools. To look at the bottle. To wonder what her life would be now, if he were still alive, if he hadn’t had that affair. With the bottle.


Posted for the writing meme,
Magpie Tales.

Every Wednesday, there comes,
from Willow Manor, a picture,
inviting submissions of poetry or prose
based upon that picture, in whatever way
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27 comments:

Alakaline said...

Liked it. Short and yet lingering.. it's a tough challenge this time:)

Brigid said...

Great Magpie and so sad.

jabblog said...

Very sombre, very succinct! I like it.

Cildemer said...

A nice piece of writing!
Thanks for sharing!

Talking about coincidences: I'm your 77th follower and number 7 is my favourite number;o)

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Cildemer said...

Talking about another coincidence: the word I had to type to validate my comment was "venes" which is an anagram of... seven of course;o)
Funny! Don't you think so?

madamebutterfly said...

Madame Ali Colic is a dangerous one. This is a good post

thingy said...

That brought me to another time and place.

My goal is to learn from all of you, to make every word count.

: )

Berowne said...

Creative view of a difficult prompt.

Kristen Haskell said...

Interesting and sad. I left before I could find that one out!

Mara said...

Well written and you can feel the pain she has.

Janice said...

So interesting...I can totally see what you saw in the picture, though I saw something completely different. I like your interpretation very much.

willow said...

Compelling and so sad.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Kay. Poignant
Suz

Bloggin'withAmanda said...

How sad... so many people end up just this way, beautifully heart felt writing!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Intriguing! Did she hit him over the head with it?

Stafford Ray said...

I confess I thought it was a painting of a bottle and wrote accordingly.
Yes, alcohol gives life to a drink but takes life from a drunk... and from those who care!

Strummed Words said...

Now I see that bottle! Nice take on the Magpie prompt

Helen said...

It's hard to justify an affair ... especially one like this. Nicely written!

Jinksy said...

This is a real life story which is repeated all too often...

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Sad glance at a sad story told too many times in too many lives...nice mag!

Mary said...

Excellent, and so very sad. Happens more than we know, I am sure.

Tumblewords: said...

Compelling piece - nicely crafted!

hedgewitch said...

A whole lifetime compressed into one paragraph. Liked the directness and honesty of expression.

Joan Tucker said...

wonderful.. Joan T

faith said...

Very sad. I thought it looked a bit like a bottle as well upon first glance. Nicely done!

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

very sad..and hits a little too close to home for me.

Jingle Poetry said...

I love your magpie,
sorry that he died due to his drinking habits....

a complete story, told with a few lines, extraordinary talent.
you make me smile, BIG!