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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hounds On The Loose (flash 55)

A pickup truck stops in the middle of the road.
Hounds loosed from the back,
buck their handlers, heels grounded.
The old man looks out his window and wonders
what they’re looking for in his ditch.
He gets his cane and lumbers to his feet
wishing he could run a dog across the snow-swept field.



Time for a Flash 55. We only have 14 hours to save the earth! Rally your words and hurry over to The Imaginary Garden With Real Toads to aid the effort.

Flash, I love you!

16 comments:

Hannah said...

This brings so much with brevity...relaying expertly a vivid scene, character and emotion...I really enjoyed your flash 55, Yvonne! :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hannah,
Thank you so much.

Mama Zen said...

This is so vivid! Love it!

Sweeper of Dreams said...

You paint a story that feels so real, I've stepped right into it, and feel a little guilty for spying on such a moment. I adore it. Lovely work!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hannah,
Thank you so much.

Mama Zen,
Thank you!!

Sweeper of Dreams,
Wow, that's great. Thank you.

Margaret said...

Puts me right in the scene and looking out the window with a lot of question to ask. Perfectly done!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Such nostalgia...

It puts me in mind of all the things I was able to do, but can't now due to illness. They aren't bad thoughts, just nostalgic ones; for I never forget to be grateful for eyes who can watch the dogs, and a mind that remembers yesterday.

Beautifully powerful words.

Björn Rudberg said...

Oh I like this.. What could he have found in the ditch.. And that sadness of not being able to run any more makes feel loss...

Grandmother (Mary) said...

A poignant portrayal of aging and its limitations but the heart's desire nonetheless.

manicddaily said...

Ah lovely. I fear they are searching for bear! And I am afraid of bear but hate that they send dogs to hunt them down. But this is a lovely vignette--very poignant. k.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Margaret,
Thank you. Glad you felt like you were there.

Magaly,
Yes, even with the limitations of age, there is still much to be thankful for. Thank you!

Bjorn,
Thank you! Seems that for some the sad moments are catching up to the happy ones.

Mary,
Thank you. Good to hear from you!

K.,
Thanks so much. Braying dogs always make me shiver.

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoyed...

Marian said...

what a great scene! i want to know what happens next. another 55?

Jemi Fraser said...

I get a chill wondering what those dogs are going to find!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Anthony,
Thank you!!

Marian,
Thanks. I suppose one could tell a short story with a series of 55 words!

Jemi,
Thanks.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Why is word verification showing up on my blog when I didn't put it there? Goggle is a runaway freight train.