Still Life

This was written in response to this prompt from Real Toads’ and was inspired by an old photo of me. 

The little girl sits tranquil

At five years old, looking out

At a placid lake, looking vast

As the sea, surely, to her young

Eyes —


A beautiful snapshot of a beautiful

Spot, that photo was taken

Twenty-one years ago, a mere echo —

Does her mother wonder how time

Traipsed by; does she tell her daughter

In her mind

“I like for you to be still?”


8 thoughts on “Still Life

  1. This is so poignant. I can feel the longing present in the mother as she observes the photograph. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ❤️

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  2. I’m glad she had the photo. Some moms have none, we lost them all ours in a flood. Others lose for worse reasons than because of s flood.

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  3. This is wonderful RW, bittersweet and very moving. This reminded me of all the photos I so wish I had taken in my 72 years. Then again, perhaps my memories stored in my heart, might not be so precious?

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  4. Thank you for reading and commenting on my post for today, ‘nightfall on time gone by.’ Yours here does fit the prompt in part as well.
    I also came to invite you to read my other blog’s post for the week. We were working in Vacation Bible School at our church, I wrote a bit about that. Do you get involved in things like that? We, the Mrs. and I, are fairly active in this church where we moved to five years ago. I won’t go into detail except to say this is the first time in my life where I’ve escaped teaching for so long, all five so far. But we have excellent teachers where settled.

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