Pisces

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He asks what came before my work in the lab? Before our worlds turned crazy and unrecognizable? What had I done for fun…late-night parties or early morning jogs?

I try to think back as I memorize the lines that frame his eyes, and then all thought is gone, like the years that came before. I just read books! I reply.

He gently presses his lips upon my forehead, as if to read all my secrets, like some deep, hidden braille, then his own breathing slows and I think he understands – I am a girl of two minds, two fish, one at peace with the tide, while the other heads upstream.

“Maybe when this over we can meet on the beach,” he suggests, “and bring no book, for this one day we’ll give to idleness and float as clouds hovering merely by desire.”

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Written for dVerse Prosery where we are asked to write flash fiction no longer than 144 words and include an assigned line of verse. Writers may change the punctuation of the assigned line, but they may not insert words within the quotation.

The assigned line:

And bring no book, for this one day
We’ll give to idleness.

-from William Wordsworth‘s poem ‘Lines Written at a small distance from my House

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

48 thoughts on “Pisces

  1. Marvelous writing, Tricia. My favorite part:
    “He gently presses his lips upon my forehead, as if to read all my secrets, like some deep, hidden braille, then his own breathing slows and I think he understands…” Brought tenderly and vividly to life!

  2. This is SO beautifully scribed….really intense, lovely writing, and yet so peaceful, and gentle, just wonderful, the way the kiss on the forehead is described, all…and the last line is wonderfully done, for it shows both the masculine, and feminine mind…

  3. ‘He gently presses his lips upon my forehead, as if to read all my secrets, like some deep, hidden braille, then his own breathing slows and I think he understands ‘ ~ beautifully penned Tricia!

  4. “He “gently presses his lips upon my forehead, as if to read all my secrets, like some deep, hidden braille,” such beautiful words here….they evoke such a gentleness. Love your use of the quotation.

  5. Oh, yes, please. Let’s do it just as you said. This is spectacular. The way he kissed your forehead is tender and I’m sure he got the idea of the beach after stealing it from your forehead. Um, You didn’t know you had that thought rumbling around, right? I know. Such a lovely piece of writing. Loved.

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