Violet Sky #writephoto

Sue Vincent #writephoto

Sue Vincent #writephoto

Violet Sky

We gathered at the border of the road, called out of our misery by one of the children. The dawn bled, a bruised and bloody wound. How fitting for the sixth extinction.

Yet, it was a dawning.

I had thought, long before the die-off, that we might poison the planet and arise one morning in disbelief that we couldn’t survive on an obliterated world. Or perhaps disease would usher mankind to the pyres, our super-viruses ravaging our weak and chemical-laden bodies. Of course, mutual annihilation was a possibility, the promise of our youth and sum of our talent and treasure dedicated to war. The end always made for entertaining speculation.

Who would have believed the culprit was time, all spiraling down with the slow ticking of the clock, the December of the human race.

I peered at the upturned faces of our isolated band as the heavens thrust spears of light through the clouds’ closing gash. My companions’ bodies appeared to glow in the rare sunlight, their radiant souls shining through, reclaiming lost beauty. In their smiles, I witnessed the dawning of hope and hadn’t the heart to tell them we were ghosts.

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Thanks to Sue Vincent of The Daily Echo for another enticing photo prompt. She tosses these out to us on Thursdays and reblogs our submissions. It’s great fun. Head over and give it a try!

102 thoughts on “Violet Sky #writephoto

  1. Aoibha Walsh says:

    Gosh, this is very intriguing!!! Amazing!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, great response!

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  3. kim881 says:

    I really enjoyed the chill at the end.

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  4. Delyn Merce says:

    Wow, that final line is spectacular!

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  5. Sue Vincent says:

    Wonderfully told, Diana 🙂

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  6. Aquileana says:

    So beautifully penned… from the bruised dawn to the raise of Hope. There is a light even in apocalyptic times. I truly like this piece… Sending love and best wishes. Aquileana 🙂

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  7. Bernadette says:

    When I saw this prompt, my thoughts also turned to sadness. You wrote this very eloquently. I mentioned you in my Friday post.

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  8. Annika Perry says:

    Wow, the ending carried a punch! Spooky surprise and after that lyrical scene setting to start with. Great response to the prompt and very seasonal.

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  9. Beautiful prose for a beautiful image

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  10. My goodness Diana, you can even make the end sound glorious and beautiful. I agree with “beautiful apocalypse.” What a gorgeous picture, and the end….haunting and timely. You are an amazing writer, my friend.

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  11. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful picture and perfect for Halloween, tale. The last line was haunting. 🙂

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  12. Ali Isaac says:

    The cour in that image is stunning, but your story is quite haunting and uncomfortable, perhaps because its not so far from the truth. Great writing.

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  13. inesephoto says:

    Great Halloween story, Diana. I guess that living as a ghost is better than disintegrate or something 🙂 It is like another chance. We might do better as ghosts.

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  14. This is amazing! I loved the ending and of course the vivid descriptions of everything! Wonderful

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  15. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Mmm…affecting and dark, though deliciously written. The twist at the end, “hadn’t the heart to tell them we were ghosts”. Love it!

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  16. What a wonderful, though dark, response to the prompt, Diane! As I read it, I pictured our world and the dreadful possibilities for its and mankind’s future – possibilities that may not be too far off the mark here.
    I like the last line too and the hope that might be there.

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    “The dawn bled, a bruised and bloody wound” … I just knew this story wasn’t going to have a happy ending …

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  18. Steven Baird says:

    Exquisitely dark, Diana. A lot of beautiful language here; I particularly loved the last line. You certainly set a mood here. 🙂

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  19. Sean P Carlin says:

    “The December of the human race” — I love that. A little disturbing that more and more works of fiction keep imagining it.

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  20. A haunting story. (pun intended) 😉

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  21. Another thought-provoking and beautifully written short, Diana! 🙂

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  22. The idea that mankind evolves to a ghost–or a robot–maybe isn’t so bad. StarTrek had a few species like that. I guess it depends upon what you think the goal of life is.

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  23. Purpleanais says:

    Oh, this is beautifully written ❤

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  24. balroop2013 says:

    Negative thoughts are so powerful…that’s why they are the first ones to arrive! You have recorded them quite well Diana! Darker moments evoke some fabulous words of description.
    I have never seen the violet sky but this picture shows it splendidly!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Great post with lovely description. You do it so well, Diana. It seems they “really” waited too late. Good writing as usual. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  26. Morgan says:

    Amazing Diana. I had thought to go with an ‘end of days’ theme, as the image certainly stirred that notion, but the poem sang so I went with it instead 😉 this is marvelous though…filled with emotion and sadly, relevant!

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  27. The V Pub says:

    The December of the human race! Sounds quite foreboding, Diana. Nurse Kelley was spot on – a beautiful apocalypse.

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  28. ‘the December of the human race.’ Loved that line.

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  29. Nurse Kelly says:

    OMG Diana. Seriously chilling. A beautiful apocalypse. Strange, to use those two words together, but that’s how I felt. Loved this.

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  30. confabler says:

    One by one you picked up the words from your magical basket and knitted them together into a blanket of dream.
    I snuggled right in and saw with my own two eyes, the heavens thrusting spears of light through the clouds’ closing gash.

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  31. Dan Antion says:

    You answer these prompts so well. This is very good.

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  32. Love this, Diana! Beautiful pic, and great scene. Wonderful, flowing prose. Thank you for sharing!

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  33. Cezane says:

    Enjoyed this post as well as the beauty of the image.

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  34. A perfect combination of photo and prose. A bloody dawn that, in your estimable writing, shone yet still with hope. Oh, those radiant souls!

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