Thursday, October 14, 2010

Flash Fiction 55 - Beached

Skeletal remains picked to the bone
from days or weeks
of bobbing and tossing
in the surf
finally landed
on a deserted shore.
Nearly unrecognizable extremities
reached out in awkward directions
for the answer to the question –

Why?

Why had I been torn
unmercifully from my home?

Why now just a discarded piece of art?

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43 comments:

Titanium said...

I can't get past the incredible texture in this shot... the B&W highlight the driftwood so well.

Perfectly balanced in fifty-five words, MM. Why, indeed? Perhaps for the photographer's sake...

This is great!

Brian Miller said...

nice shot monkey...love the look and feel of drift wood...great 55..had me wondering where you were going...

my 55

lime said...

certainly makes you wonder what kind of a journey it had and what started it on its way.

moondustwriter said...

I used to spend hours on the Calif coast drawing driftwood. They have a raw beauty

Nicely done 55



No need to wait for this 55

Jannie Funster said...

Hopefully to end up under glass as someone's coffee table to be admired by many forever.

Very nicely done! I was totally thinking it was a human until the very end.

xo

sheila said...

What a beautiful piece of driftwood! My husband has wanted a piece of driftwood for years...but we've ended up with a crooked piece of dead log instead. Oh well. One day! :o)

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting me! I was actually here a bit earlier but blogger wasn't playing nice. ;o)

Thom said...

I always wonder about their journey. Love the photo and very nicely done. Have a great Friday.

G-Man said...

I could use that in my front yard MM...
Excellent 55.
I'm a huge driftwood fan, Michigan has more shoreline than any state in the Union.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Prayer Girl said...

This so reminds me of a piece of driftwood my first husband and I found back in the early 70s. We had a lot of people in our car and crammed that driftwood into the car somehow, brought it home, and my husband made a lamp out of it. It is in my view right now on the end table. :)

HERE IS MINE

PG

Caty said...

that's a great pic of driftwood and a wonderful description of its journey in 55 :) Yay it's almost the weekend :)

Me said...

Beautiful shot, and words to match.
-C

Alice Audrey said...

It's a stormy world we live in.

Cloudia said...

Ah, the Great Cycle..next to become sand on da beach...


Warm Aloha from Waikiki

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KB said...

Aww, poor tree. Lovely pic though.

Stranger said...

The imagery in your 55 is so powerful I worried there'd be blood. The driftwood image is fantastic!

Marla said...

Perfect match!

The Bipolar Diva said...

oh their journey...

PattiKen said...

I love driftwood. This lovely piece was no doubt ripped from life and tossed cavalierly aside by someone named Andrew or Katrina.

Wind said...

Yes, wonderful!
Please , have a great weekend!
Regards from Romania!
wind

Wind said...

Yes, wonderful!
Please , have a great weekend!
Regards from Romania!
wind

Wind said...

Yes, wonderful!
Please , have a great weekend!
Regards from Romania!
wind

Enchanted Oak said...

Even the bones of trees have voices. Lovely photography, MM.

anthonynorth said...

You brought this to life. Excellent imagery.

MorningAJ said...

But it's lovely! I'd give it a place in my home (if I had the space!)

Deborah said...

Wonderfully written!

forever lost said...

that photo is beautiful! and how do you do all these blogs so well AND tell such funny stories!

I am getting my 55 on again!
slowly and cautiously! LOL
http://jennasboots.blogspot.com/2010/10/friday-55.html

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Not only what was washed ashore, but your 55 is truly a piece of art also!!! Well done.

My 55 is a double whammy this week, two for the price of one. Of course, as always, you need to scroll down below my Friday's Show n Tell.

The link is HERE I'd love to have you stop by for a visit.

gautami tripathy said...

Where it will end, the driftwood does not know...yet it turns out so beautiful..

extraction

Claudia said...

really like this one of you - i like driftwood but have never thought about it "lost home"

C.M. Jackson said...

wasn't sure what was washed up the shore and somehow displaced till the end --great photo--I felt lost too!

happy friday

Eric Alder said...

Nice 55 and a nice pic to go with it! Some people pay big bucks to have nice pieces of driftwood like that one.

izzy said...

Love your piece! great-
I have lots of driftwood around- haven't done my 55 yet.

lakeviewer said...

We like these flash fiction pieces, keeping us satisfied and yet wanting more.

Lulda Casadaga said...

I love picking up pieces of driftwood whenever I'm at the beach or on a shoreline. But somehow I think I would need help with your piece! :D

TALON said...

I'll never look at driftwood quite the same way now...

I really liked the mystery of this...how you're not sure what has washed ashore.

Unknown Mami said...

Why not?

5thsister said...

I love the twist with the photo ending. it is a beautiful shot and your word play is fantastic as well. I enjoyed your contribution very much.

Quilly said...

The power of a flood .... Nature is awesome. Your words and photo highlight that well.

joanny said...

MM

A wonderful 55er, and adore your photo, one thing we do have is fantastic driftwood on our shoreline,

Cheers,
Joanny

posted mine way late in the eve of friday..

Dianne said...

The thoughts of tree carcasses, thats a new twist on tree hugging! HAKAWE, as GMan says.

hope said...

Thanks for this one...people like me believe that "discarded" piece is something to treasure.

Prayer Girl said...

I will be back to read your 160 tomorrow.

In the meantime....

HERE IS MINE

PG

Someone Is Special said...

Wonderful 55 my friend..

--Someone Is Special--