July 6: Flash Fiction Challenge

July 6, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a beacon. It can be from a lighthouse or other source. Use the word literally or figuratively and go where the prompt leads you.

Most have been lost from the roadside and replaced under the guise of progress.
The modern ones have little charm, despite being made from similar components.
The striped pole denoted a rigid sentinel either side of the childhood chasm, dignified in its support of an amber globe which flashed intermittently and continuously on the crossing, topped by its familiar dark cap.
What is this mediocre dotted halo over a dull orb that pathetically illuminates the way to safety?
The Red Man may warn before the Green Man takes over this vigil, but I will always remember the Belisha Beacon.

Written for Charli’s Carrot Ranch prompt



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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10 Responses to July 6: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. I hate when old buildings are pulled down to make way for new ones . But change is constant. A very nice take on the prompt.


  2. jeanne229 says:

    Beautiful evocation of the reflective mood that overtakes us when we visits places from the past. It left me with a bittersweet nostalgia.

  3. Norah says:

    The times they are a’changing. It’s great to have an opportunity to share your memories.

  4. Charli Mills says:

    You must have many places in the UK where such beacons are needed. Growing up away from shore, lighthouses are uncommon to me. Seeing them on Lake Superior has always been a joy. I’m glad that even though this one is not modernized and no longer requiring a keeper, it’s still houses in the original brick building. Thank you for sharing yours!

    • The only lighthouse I can remember from my childhood was on Portland Bill in Dorset. It would be totally awesome if one was to come onto the market that we could buy for our next home!

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