Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #98

Fandango has chosen the image below from the Google Photo Frame for our photo challenge today.
I lay my head, but sleep will not come.
The streets are cold at night.
Here in my corner, rats scurry and run,
Eyes closed, I pray for daylight.
I know not what will become of me,
I am alone, afraid and scared,
Hiding in shadows, where no-one will see
A child for whom nobody cared.
My tears are my company, I let them fall,
Whispers around me abound,
No-one will miss me, no-one at all,
I huddle on this concreted ground.
The light is bright, I shield my eyes,
Am lifted and carried above,
Into the warmth, such a welcome surprise,
Here I have found deepest love.
I look down below on a heap of rags
A shape in a permanent sleep,
No more in a world of labels and tags,
I have no reason to weep.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour 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! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #98

  1. murisopsis says:

    Reminds me of the story of the little match girl. My mother and grandmother would read that story to us – usually around Christmas and I’d cry because it was so very sad… Good thing I’ve got some tissues handy!

  2. Carol anne says:

    Wow! That’s powerful! ❤

  3. willowdot21 says:

    So beautiful and so sad 💜

  4. So sad. I saw something totally different. But ready your story I can’t see anything else now. Great job.

  5. Sadje says:

    This is such a moving story Di.

  6. Fandango says:

    Wow, Di, that was really good. A sad story for too many people and it captured the melancholy of the girl in the image perfectly.

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