At The Poetry Reading – Fiction

Time again for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  So grateful to PJ for hosting this weekly challenge. This week’s photo prompt is provided by Kecia Spartin. Thank you,  Kecia!  What a great photograph!

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Here is the photograph and my story…Sometimes life beats fiction.:

At The Poetry Reading

It was Autumn. She was sitting, with her lover, under a tree ripe with sweetness. He was reading. She was writing.

After a long while of silence, he asked her, “What are you writing?”

“Oh, just some poem I thought of while we were having dinner and discussing flying model airplanes and fishing,” she replied.  “Wanna hear it?”


She cleared her throat and spurt the words out – yet carefully, because each word seemed important to her at that moment:


Hunting & Gathering

Hunters are men gathered in silence
to protect
to feed
to survive
and fix
to love in those ways
their women

Women are gatherers
chattering their way
through hopeful foraging
to give life
to feed
to nourish bonds
to introduce laughter
to love in those ways
their men.

“So what do you think?” she asked.

“I don’t understand it,” he replied. “But then, I don’t understand much poetry.”

“Gimme kiss.  Gimme kiss,”  she hissed.



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