Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #99

Fandango has chosen the following picture from Frantisek Krejci at Pixabay for his challenge this week. You can participate here
For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a man’s hands, where there are coins in the palm of one hand and a finger on the other hand is touching the coins.

Just a few coppers, that was all that was left.
They didn’t understand.
Empty promises amid expectations, how had it come to this?
No more handouts, no more windfalls, it was all gone.
How could he explain?
Everything had worked out so well on paper, and it would have been fine in the short term.
But that was in another time.
A time when things were normal, when people were working instead of dying.
A time when people were spending instead of starving.
A time of plenty, extravagance and luxury.
It had all got out of hand, and still they continued to look to him to support their lifestyles.
Just a few coppers left, not even enough for a bag of chips…………… or a one-way ticket to another country.

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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11 Responses to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #99

  1. Sadje says:

    Too sad and real.

  2. Fandango says:

    The tone of your poem fit the mood of the image perfectly.

  3. murisopsis says:

    Tragically too realistic…

  4. Carol anne says:

    Love it Di! I love your fiction and poetry! Xoxo

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