THE SORROW OF LOSS

 

Photo Copyright: Eric Wicklund

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–January 28, 2018. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not counting the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was sent in by Eric Wicklund. Thanks, Eric.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/sunday-photo-fiction-january-28th-2018/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE SORROW OF LOSS by P.S. Joshi

I hadn’t seen Romar Lineberger since the Wall Street crash of October 29, 1929. There he was sitting in the Metropolitan Museum on this fine June afternoon.

The object of his concentration was a lusty statue of the god Cupid carrying in his arms his bride Psyche. The models, it seemed had no qualms about posing in the nude. Cupid or his model seemed to have had a terrible accident as his legs ended just above the knee. What there was of him was sufficient, however, to incite jealousy in the common male.

I stopped and greeted Romar as politeness required. “Hello, old friend. How’s it going?”

He turned to answer, tear trails down his cheeks.

“Oh, hello Rudy. I’m feeling exceedingly sad.”

“Why, old man?”

“My girlfriend left me.”

“What happened to your wife?”

“Oh, she left when the market crashed. She said she refused to support us on her inheritance, especially since she knew I was cheating on her.”

“That’s tough old pal. Why did your girlfriend leave?”

“Well,” he said, a tear running down his cheek, ” she said I was now poor, old, and she wouldn’t support me on her earnings as a dancer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RENEWAL

 

Tree branch in rain-Al Forbes-July-3rd-2016

NOTE:  To anyone who’s interested, a good website to find markets for short stories is Ralan’s Webstravaganza.

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July 3rd, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/sunday-photo-fiction-july-3rd-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

RENEWAL by P.S. Joshi

It had been a difficult winter. Julie had lost her mom and her dad was sad and failing. He was 70 years old and still mourning for his wife of 50 years. Spring meant little to him now.

Julie felt it might not be long before he’d be buried there  in the cemetery beside her mom.

On Sunday there was a sermon about renewal. She didn’t feel the same about the subject as she usually did. She was expecting a child late in her life. All she felt was sadness and loss when she knew she should be feeling joy.

Her great aunt came for a visit and spoke of renewal. Julie told her aunt about her feelings. The old woman thought about it and decided to talk to her.

“Julie,” she said, looking straight into the woman’s eyes, “what do you think renewal means?”

“It means happiness and new life,” Julie remarked looking down. “I know I’m expecting new life, but Mom died before she saw my child and Dad’s so unhappy.”

“Julie,” her aunt said, “the child isn’t to blame. You must welcome it with joy, not sorrow. I’ll speak to your dad.”

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