"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Thursday, January 5, 2012

They Say She's Crazy (Friday Flash 55)

but she isn’t.
She has more than one name
and talks to those who aren’t there,
but she isn’t crazy.
She used to be a librarian-
checked out books with a date stamp
to those on death row.
She quit that job
so she could look in the mirror
without seeing those who aren’t there.


The Friday Flash 55 of mysterious origin (which can be researched here) is an ingenious writing exercise. Mr. Knowitall knows this and so encourages the writing of a story in 55 words, no more, no less. If I see you there, I'll follow you home.

TGIF!

22 comments:

Brian Miller said...

oo delicious....love the creepiness..i imagine checking out books to those that pass on would be quite disturbing...

G-Man said...

Jeez Yvonne...
I just got a chill!!!
You did your job on this one Sis.
And thanks for being so supportive of the other players today.
I really Really appreciate it.
Thanks for playing and ALWAYS bringing so much Class to my Friday Thing. Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

TALON said...

Creepy, but in the best way possible, Yvonne. :)

Anthony Duce said...

Liked the story. No craziness at all. She’d fit in fine here.

Enchanted Oak said...

A fine story well told. Good use of repetition in structure and word choices. TGIF back at you!

Anne Gallagher said...

I'm not sure if I like this one or the other one more.

They're both fantastic.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

Maybe I'm odd, but I didn't find it creepy. I imagined her standing in the mirror and her reflection looking back at her. Voices and faces of those who used to be haunting her.

She intrested me. I just want to know more about her now...

Mama Zen said...

This is really outstanding! Gave me a chill, too.

Alice Audrey said...

And you came up with an igneous 55.

Frances Garrood said...

I'm in the creepy camp.Definitely. Brilliant!

Raven said...

Definitely left with a bit of a shiver.

Evalinn said...

Nicely written!

Akelamalu said...

Oh creepy 55 - very well played! :)

Daydreamertoo said...

Wow.... oddly fascinating. Great 55!

Other Mary said...

These 55 words are the portal into a whole new world, leaving the best bits for us to supply ourselves. Love it! Thanks for visiting me too!

Other Mary said...

Yay I'm follower #150!

Christine said...

not creepy at all, but moving, she sounds like a tenderhearted soul

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks to all of you who commented on my librarian. I've been playing with these 55 word for a long time before I could finally get it right. I'm trying to visit everyone this week. Do you wonder how Galen does it??

A special thanks to you, Mary, for being #150!!! I NEVER thought I'd make it. It feels like a milestone. Thank you so much.

Doctor FTSE said...

Excellent compression. So much in 55 words. Thank you.

Ed Pilolla said...

a certain amount of craziness is a very sane quality in this weird world:) nice write.

Pet said...

The others are the crazy ones.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Dr.
Thank you very much!! (It's always good when the Dr. is in.)

Ed,
Good point. Who is to say who's crazy. Thanks for commenting!

Pet,
Thanks. You're right. Of course.