Owls and Eyes

Charles placed his cloth napkin neatly in his lap as I opened the oven to retrieve the lasagna. It was a gooey mess. He smiled as I sat down on the oak chair.

It was like old times. Before the world was baked under the simmering sun and the streets bubbled up like the cheese on our plates. Before the sky sank and the earth found new ground. Before we slid down the roots of the great Redwood trees.

“If you are a dreamer, come in, the elves sang.

That night we stayed up with our crayons and a Mandala coloring book. There is something to be said about shapes and Shapeshifters, owls and eyes, spirals, and suns. But that is for another time. We finally finished coloring as Saturn spun into view. And we never discussed the summer of 2022. We never would.

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Lillian hosts Prosery today at dVerse where we are challenged to write a prose piece of 144 words or less, including a line from a poem. She has chosen the line, “If you are a dreamer, come in,” from Shel Silverstein’s poem Invitation included in his book Where the Sidewalk Ends.

26 thoughts on “Owls and Eyes

    • Thanks, Rob! No, I imagine this piece as a future scenario where she is alluding to something horrific happening in the summer of 2022!! We’ll see if we all end up underground. 😱 (if not I’ll just edit the dates) 😁

  1. I love the way the lasagne causes a shift in time, to ‘before the world was baked under the simmering sun and the streets bubbled up like the cheese’. This is a wonderful mix of sci-fi and magical fantasy, Tricia! I have a colouring book like that and it does indeed contain a picture of an owl – which I haven’t coloured in yet. 😉

    • Thanks, Kim! I had a Mandala coloring book too and started noticing all the different shapes in the designs, almost subliminal. A lot of one eyes and spirals, suns, and owls. It is actually a pretty calming thing to color. 🖍

  2. Incredible speculative flash! The details in the lasagna bringing out the cataclysmic events, really clever and so very unique. Great job, Tricia. Glad I finally got to your take on last night’s prompt.

  3. I like the incorporation of lasagna references in the second stanza. So many ooey gooey visuals…and I think I felt the slivers sliding down those redwoods…haha. The ending was a beginning, leaving us dangling over the secrets past or future of 2022. Hmm….

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