#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community ~ #Poetry

July 1: Flash Fiction Challenge

July 1, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the old photograph.” What is captivating about it? Where did it come from? How does it incite a story? Go where the prompt leads!

Photos, snap shots of time
You hold the past in your hand
Old memories flood in
The thing with old photos is
They slip between the floor boards
Multiplying, boxes under beds
On top of wardrobes,
To be forgotten
Until the day, your granddaughter
shouts out, Gran, who is this?
That’s your grandfather.
Now you are worried
Is he in the box or the wardrobe?
Your first love, the one you never forget
The one that would upset the apple cart
Wrong name on the birth certificate
Would bring up too many questions.
How to tell the truth now?

© Anita Dawes 2021

13 thoughts on “#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community ~ #Poetry

  1. Pingback: The Old Photograph « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. I love how this can still travel down alternate paths, you didn’t entrench it in one emotion, there’s so much potential here for the characters to bond, despite what the POV worries over. Even if others find out, would it be so bad? I can picture a joyous reveal, where old souls grow closer over younger years long gone, and the granddaughter can be witness to their love. Fantastic take on the prompt Anita!


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