Category: Flash Fiction

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Giants, Badlands, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada

Giant ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #158

There I stood, at the feet of giants, myself measuring no taller than the smallest of their toes, and standing as high in my own shoes as possible. One giant leaned down, only slightly, though the Earth trembled beneath his shifting weight. He peered at me, squinting, as I would to better observe an insect trundling across my boot. A snort. Dismissive. The earth heaved again as he rose. The atmosphere rumbled with his voice.

“I beg your pardon if this offends you,” he began, it seemed to me, in rather gentle tone for a being known to have bellowed up a hurricane, “but you seem mighty small for something which calls itself ‘King of this land and all the land you’ve ever known,’ some small trifle claiming to command us, the Brethren of the Mountains, as his subjects.” Gentle, perhaps, but not without a significant undertone of malice.

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Storm Clouds, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada

Too Late and Far Too Much

It tastes like despair
The air
Like defeat and despair
The charged atmosphere
Alive after the months
Of dead, dry heat

Thunder rolls
Across the parchment plains

Rain is coming
Too late
And far too much

What little soil remains
After wind storms
And dust clouds
Carried the best of it
Off to the East
Will wash away
Rivulets cutting small canyons
Deep into the earth

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When the Flash Came, Riverview Mental Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada copy

When the Flash Came

When the flash came
I had just cleared the fourth floor
Confident everyone had made it to the shelter
The steel door closed behind them

When the flash came
Night became a day like no other
Just several seconds long
With the intensity of a hundred suns

When the flash came
I was happy not to be in a doorway
As I watched the paint sizzle
In the nuclear sunlight