Sunday, June 2, 2013

"Desolation"


A family lived for many years in the old house, within its safely fenced in yard. Yet time moves on and with it people, leaving only emptiness behind.

Loving care turned to neglect as the home fell into disrepair, eventually lost to both time and elements. Reality cannot sustain all memories.

Desolation resides alone there now, beyond the broken fence.

Story & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris

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Word Prompt: Desolation

41 comments:

  1. Something very sad about seeing a house, once a home, deteriorating. A wonderful description of this.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I appreciate your thoughts.

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  2. Very nice! I hope you finish the story!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. I am not sure where it would go.

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  3. If one were to listen very carefully perhaps a brief sound of laughter still lingers.

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    1. I like that, Karen. Very nice thought!

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  4. Very nice - you are a good writer.

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  5. awww. sad. loved the line about reality cannot sustain all memories.

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  6. You have created a melancholy tone that I feel sorry for the property left abandoned. Beautiful language. xx

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    1. Thanks, Lizzie. I really appreciate that.

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  7. There is somethingvery sad about an abandoned house that has gone the transformation from being a place that someone once called home where meals were shared and laughter was heard and memories were made but now lays in ruins. We have such a house in our neighbourhood near our farm and I pass by it every days to go to work. It has only been 4 years and already the yard is overgrown with small trees and bushes and tall weeds. It looks really abandonned.

    I love your introduction. You have ways with words that create a picture in my mide.

    Have a safe month of JUne.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. It means a lot for you to say that.

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  8. I've seen many of these. It's sad and you always wonder about those that left. Why they left.

    Very well done as always.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. I do wonder...all of the untold stories.

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  9. We have a house like this just across the road from us, abandoned and slowly wasting away, it is indeed desolate. I always wonder about the lives of those who lived there, the stories that the house could tell. It seems so sad that there is no longer anyone to care. Very well written piece, Annie!

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    1. There are so many houses left behind. If only we could get people into them.

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  10. Haunting. You've put into words what I've felt when I've seen houses like this one.

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  11. Does make you wonder - if only the walls could talk!

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  12. What's so sad is a memory of a house and you finally see it like this. I found that up in Rigby, Idaho last week.

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  13. Loved the way in which you have described the passage of time, from a happier times to a poignant one.

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  14. Very sad, but so gorgeously written. Really nice work. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate that!

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  15. There is nothing sadder than a once loved home falling into neglect...nice work!

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    1. I agree. It seems tragic somehow. Thanks.

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  16. Another perfect short short story. Photo is just right as well. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  17. Very nice! I love the last sentence.

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  18. Hi Ms. Mac ~~ First, I am very glad that Bill made it through the tornados safely if a little scary. Three of those "Chasers" died in Oklahoma taking their films and doing their chasing.

    I have a video I took from our balcony during Hurrican Ike. We live about 90 miles north of the Galveston coast but it blow some roofs off and knock a bunch of trees down here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSWPmNskZj4

    Our old farm house were I was born has been torn down by its new owners. It was abandoned after Dad and Mom moved to town. (The house had two bedrooms upstairs and a kitchen and living room down. I slept in the sunporch on the right.)
    http://bp3.blogger.com/_aOZEGRAw2Q8/R126Fzm9chI/AAAAAAAAA-M/XKxQegdlEhA/s800-h/100_8700.JPG

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  19. You've gotten a really good story out of those five short sentences. And the photo (which is your own work, too, in case nobody noticed the credits) fits the prompt well.

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  20. Your brevity is so powerful. This is a real picture of despair and loss.

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