Wednesday, May 18, 2011

~ Dreams filled of HotAir ~

A crowd, of strangers, and a sketch board blank. He stared at the distant crowd, and the colorful balloons fluttering away in the vicinity.

With hopeful mist in his eyes, he sat at a distance tugging away at the idea of the experience. He would smile away effortlessly at the merry bunch of children that passed by, without letting his engaging efforts at camouflaging his emotions slip by. He would marvel at the sudden dispatch of hot air and the rising heights of the wooden basket within. His brush strokes sudden and peaceful relentlessly kept darkening the sides of the silhouette. He kept painting the colors with utmost precision, yet the balloon's subtle movements under the caressing winds went un-captured.

The tiny splashes of paint across his face approved of his dedication. Yet the source of his inspiration - hidden within his complacency.

His sincere optimism was visible in his alternate glances to the balloon, surrounded  by a self-infested longing. He would wait for that miracle, for as long as it takes, yet the wait wasn't making him weary. His inability to experience it, was motivation enough for another glaring attempt at immortalizing the picture in front of him. The brush strokes kept growing prominent and darker, yet the dispersing crowd kept alienating his experience.

And with that last balloon, slipping out of his sight, he lent his hand out to his beloved, leaning onto her affectionate embrace, grabbed his crutches, and limped away.

- Written for the "Short Story Slam"  @ bluebellbooks.


  1. very descriptive,
    you did superb job.

    Thanks for linking.

  2. Wonderful job! Love the story =)

  3. @Bluebell Books
    Thanks, for the kind words! :)

  4. A very interesting story ! I felt a sense of loss at the end ...

  5. maybe one day he'll be able to experience it for himself :)

  6. Lovely story! I loved it :) and the name too..:)

    Take care and keep writing :)

  7. @Mish
    Hey, i assume it was urs, that was a really good picture, :P

    Thanks for the visit! :)

  8. @Lori
    Thanks for the visit, yes i sincerely hope so! :)

  9. @Jingle
    Hey! Thanks, Appreciated! :)

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  11. In general, we write a poem, find an image to illustrate or reflect our work, Now, let’s go reverse, we provide you an image,

    Invite you to contribute a poem or a short story based on the image you see,

    Be creative,
    Have fun!

    Hope to see you in...

    Bluebell Books!

  12. @Marianne... I would love to hear what you didn't say! :P

  13. @BluebellBooks,
    I would try writing another entry if i can. Thanks for the visit! :)

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