It is raining when she slips into the kaleidoscope. The muted sound of raindrops on the roof catches her off guard, and looking up, she finds herself falling through a myriad of bright colors. The kaleidoscope’s mirrors shatter the colors into miniature rainbows, truly kalos eidos scopos, beautiful shapes to look at. “Glory be to God for dappled things” flashes through her mind. To the left, purple and blue rhombi pulse hypnotically, while a glance to the right reveals an ever-emerging arrangement of multi-colored fractals. Pied beauty indeed! Gerard Manley Hopkins now juxtaposed with M. C. Escher! The sight is breath taking; she can’t pull her eyes away from it all.

It isn’t just that the colors are overwhelming, it’s the contrast between where she had been to where she is now. It is Dorothy leaving Kansas and entering Oz.

As this thought enters her mind, she feels the despondency of the last few days (weeks? years?) fall away to be replaced by a warmth which encompasses her body.

The colors suddenly summon synesthesia. Colors birth music: reds are Mussorgsky’s Great Gates of Kiev; yellows, pinks, and lilacs elicit Grieg’s Morning from Peer Gynt Suite; and blues become Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

This should cause chaotic cacophony, but instead the songs seem to encourage, to reaffirm each other, to merge into a harmonious blend of joy and wonder. Instead of overwhelming, it only completes. So, this is how life should be! Joy surges through her as she closes her eyes in contentment and accepts the changes within her.

The joy manifests itself into a smile which stays with her as her sliding becomes a slow spin, lightly settling her onto the ground while rain falls gently around her.

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10 days ago

A fall into another world worthy of Alice in Wonderland. We watch as colors and associations magically transform a dull day into a joyful adventure. A transformation deftly dramatized and beautifully, poetically written. 

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
21 days ago

Susan, I love how you described the shattered colours! This sounds like an excellent beginning to a longer story. I’m curious to see what happens next!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
20 days ago

What an incredibly beautiful and colorful story, Susan! Your protagonist seems to enjoy a multifaceted experience, including colors, music and poetry. I am curious to know more about her physical situation. Is she really sliding through a big kaleidoscope or is this a thought experiment? Thanks for the enlightening details you so generously give the reader!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
12 days ago

Susan, welcome back to Voice.Club. You have a magical way with words; you made me feel the colours, as though I too were entering Oz! I love how you seamlessly introduce literary and musical figures in a musical and lilting way.
I really enjoyed your fast fiction for taking me on a magical colourful journey!

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
12 days ago

Susan, this is a beautiful story. I love the ending of how she allowed the rain to fall on her with a smile on her face. I love your use of words like, “chaotic cacophony” and “harmonious blend of joy and wonder”. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
11 days ago

Hello, Susan. I am glad to read again a story from you. It is very colorful read. I am having fun with the imagery of different colors and the sounds that makes it more beautiful in our imagination. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Susan Giles
8 days ago

You’re most welcome, Susan. And congratulations on a well-deserved win.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
10 days ago

This was a beautifully written story, Susan. Congratulations on your well-deserved win!

10 days ago

This is such a lovely story, Susan. Those of us who love colors, music, poems and rain now want to find our own kaleidoscopes to fall into! After several repeat readings – for the pure joy of it – this has become one of my favorite stories. Thanks for all the beauty, and congratulations on your much deserved win!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
9 days ago

Congratulations on your super win, Susan. You took me on a magical mystery tour of delightful colours.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
8 days ago

A gorgeous story, Susan – congratulations on your win! But even more importantly, thank you for writing a wondrous tale which reminds all of us how important beauty is in our lives. I love all the references to colors and poetry. I also loved how you told us the origin of the word kaleidoscope – so meaningful. And the music! You mentioned some of my favorite pieces, from Mussorgsky to Edvard Grieg… Read more »

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
6 days ago

Congratulations Susan on your well-deserved win. A lovely story.

Kelly Maze
Kelly Maze(@kelly-maze)
5 days ago

Beautiful! This was lovely to read. Congratulations!

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