Watching

On the screen, tiny people walk to and fro along winding paths. A girl in pink pauses by the lake. A dog runs after a ball.

I’d like to be there. I’d like to sit under the cherry tree; to dig my fingers into the rich earth. I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace; to pick the roses that smell of home; hear a robin singing.

I can’t, of course. I can only watch. The simulation’s different every time. Tomorrow the girl in pink may bring a kite. A child may place a toy boat on the pond. A different dog may sniff a tree trunk. I watch every day, remembering the time when we took all this for granted – grass, flowers, the sound of birds, the smell of alyssum. The time before we lost it all.

A piece of prosery for Sanaa at dVerse: 144 words of flash fiction, incorporating a quotation from a poem. Tonight Sanaa’s given us a line by Katherine Reigel: I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace

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16 thoughts on “Watching

  1. I absolutely love this – dystopian and deeply poignant – especially how you embellish the line by Riegel with “to pick the roses that smell of home; hear a robin singing.” Now that is lovely! Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt, Sarah ❤❤

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  2. Intriguing, very, as you layed the scène down beautifully, although the tense used did give a very slight warning…and then…we dlid onto that last line. I really did like the way you did that, snd it has the feel of a novel starting..

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  3. This is such a well wrought piece. Luv how you incorpirated the prompt line abd also extended it in your thought process.
    Bravo.

    Much💛love

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  4. Recently I asked my daughter to explain “the metaverse” to me. This feels like her explanation, on steroids. This may very well be the case after we’re done killing off the planet. An eye opening write. Thanks for sharing Sarah.

    Pat

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