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Pearls or Violets

Pearls or Violets

“Pearls or violets?” Ah. Memories spun an inner pink radiance against the first blooms in rich black soil; glowing strands warm to the touch against the quiet breathing of forests; pale cream luminescence against gentle purple understanding. The Entrant didn’t hesitate. “Pearls!” Minutes later, a baby was born to a wealthy merchant family. Her christening […]

Alone and Waiting

Alone and Waiting

Sterile room.  Hospital bed.  Machines and masks. A lifetime of treasures unappreciated, now longed for: A sip of cool water.The smell of rain and newly-mown grass.Warm sunlight on red azaleas.The sweet soprano song of a wren.Your hair, like silk beneath my fingers. My effortless breath.

Waiting for Toshiro

Waiting for Toshiro

Three plum blossom seasons have come and gone, but still he does not return. My seven silk dresses, in colors of dawn and sunset and sky, are carefully folded with packets of fragrance. My silver combs have bathed in the light of forty full moons. My lustrous black hair, still loose and free, is more […]

Ikigai

Ikigai

She ran beneath the stars, fuelled with energy and drive. Her life — she saw the meaning in it now. She clearly saw her role in the universe. Fireworks of adrenaline shot through her veins, each burst setting a new goal. And she bonded with her passion, her purpose, her ikigai. A beautiful word, she […]

Wang Li’s city

Wang Li’s city

We started as pen pals, in those pre-digital days. She was learning English and I wanted to know more about her culture. Happy with the anticipation of waiting weeks for the next letter, our symbiotic relationship continued by post for many years before we gave in to technological immediacy. My invitation to visit her last […]

Blood on the Snow

Blood on the Snow

Joe looked forward to his cup of tea in the beautiful surrounds; the Retirement Village he now called home was a good place to live. He hoped that the new owners of the house he had shared with Joy for the last sixty years appreciated their garden.  After Joy’s death the sale had been inevitable. […]

Moonflower

Moonflower

Well, that was hard work! Pushing through the hard earth is tiring enough, but then there was the snow to contend with. The powdery fluff on top isn’t the problem; it’s the impacted icy layer underneath that I had to push through first. I don’t have sword-shaped leaves for nothing, but they are rather thin […]

Not Mine to Keep

Not Mine to Keep

Beautiful. The crocus, its velvety violet petals curling toward the sky, gleaming. Kneeling next to it, the boy, pale-faced and dark-haired, with eyes so blue they look violet. Amidst the snow, bathed in moonlight, both are beautiful. I stand a few feet away, not daring to move. It seems like a crime to disrupt them. […]

The Memory Seat

The Memory Seat

The old rocking chair under the ornamental pear was her memory seat; she loved all seasons in that chair. Spring and Summer were beautiful, but nothing compared to the beauty of watching the leaves of the Red Spire pear fall at her feet as the cool winds increased. They had shared a blanket and their […]

Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

The tree would never bear fruit again. It once provided the whole neighbourhood with crisp tasty apples. Harry delighted in handing one to each child passing on the way to school and bagfuls to their mothers for pies and crumbles, cobblers and dumplings. The leaves shrivelled and branches drooped when Harry battled the insidious cancer […]

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