The Swan #writephoto

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The reaper perches on her bedpost, obsidian feathers secreted in the ebony of night. Below him, the woman lies supine, one leg extended, toes pointed. Her thin arms arch upward in a dream, supple as wings in spite of the brittleness of her bones. He understands her grace, the persistence of her soul’s dance.

Moderato e maestoso. Her lips part as Tchaikovsky swells in her head. The scène finale. The reaper cranes forward, immersed in the sublime pathos of the song. She dips her chin in gratitude, elegant white feathers and fingers cupping her heart. The reaper weeps and splays his black wings. Her dream ripples across the lake and she glides into the golden light, forever a swan.

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Thanks to Sue Vincent of the Daily Echo for another mesmerizing #writephoto Thursday prompt.

113 thoughts on “The Swan #writephoto

  1. This is ridiculously well written bravo

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  2. Oh Diana…. That was stunningly, gloriously, goos-bumply beautiful. Sigh… mega hugs.

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  3. Your description is fitting for a swan, Diana. The words flow and are full of grace. Lovely πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  4. Purpleanais says:

    Exquisite writing, really lovely ❀

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  5. macjam47 says:

    Wow! Such a stunning flash.

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  6. inesephoto says:

    Beautiful and brave transition. Great piece.

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  7. Your words just melt, lovely

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  8. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, as the soul dances. Your fingers dance your words and imagination across the page/laptop into our hearts.

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  9. This is so beautiful, Diana πŸ™‚

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  10. Ahmadu Garba says:

    This is beautifully written.

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  11. Antonia says:

    Beautiful Diana! I love the ending especially.

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  12. Erik says:

    If I ever am in a position where I need a defense attorney who is only given 100 words to make my case … I’ll be on your doorstep.

    This felt like a story, a painting, a poem β€” and a live moment β€” all in one.

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    • What a great comment, although I don’t want to be anyone’s defense attorney! Ha ha. I enjoy the freedom of these prompts, Erik. They’re short and, in a way, effortless because they stand alone. Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

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      • Erik says:

        Funny: when I was younger, my father used to tell me I was “wasting my brain” because I didn’t choose to become a doctor or lawyer. And I always said (and lived out), “I could be those things. But being able isn’t a reason to do them, because I would hate both.” LOL

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  13. Totally dazzling blaze. What a lovely, interesting go up against this photograph incite..

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  14. Heartafire says:

    An absolutely stunning poem Diane. Words cannot do justice to the beauty in this. Speechless.

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  15. Widdershins says:

    Swan Lake. πŸ™‚

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  16. I always enjoy your flash fiction, Diana.

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  17. reocochran says:

    The details are the reason this creates such a lovely image of black-winged death observing white angel-winged swan. I admire your giving the reaper his gentlemanly personality. He rises above the ordinary in his depiction through your eyes, Diana. Wow, I am in awe!

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  18. Absolutely stunning flash. What a gorgeous, unique take on this photo prompt.

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  19. Wow! Very nice, Diana. You do a magnificent job with these photo prompts. Be proud! πŸ™‚

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  20. This is so elegant and beautiful, Diana. I could hear the music. I loved it!

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  21. sargondorsai says:

    The Reaper does not choose, merely collects and shepherds those onto the next adventure. Sometimes those souls need be dragged kicking and screaming… and yet sometimes, they sour into the next adventure with grace and poise.

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  22. Nurse Kelly says:

    So somber. You really know how to let it flow, Diana. Just an exquisitely penned moment.

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  23. tpolen says:

    Beautiful – and that pic makes the stress just float away.

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  24. Nicely done, Diana! And great imagery. I’ll remember it whenever I hear Swan Lake. πŸ™‚

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  25. Annika Perry says:

    Wow, Diana, I’m blown away by this…sublime and I have to smile at your imagination at work. Glorious!

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  26. A.S. Akkalon says:

    Wow, that was beautiful!

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  27. dgkaye says:

    Wow, leave it to you to welcome death with eloquence Diana πŸ™‚

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  28. Steven Baird says:

    Simply gorgeous, Diana. Very dreamlike and inspiring.

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  29. Oh how lovely to be sent off into the after-life as a golden swan! Wonderful writing Diana!

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  30. Death with grace and beauty. Wonderful, D. ❀️ I could feel it.

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  31. Val Boyko says:

    Lovely goosebumps!!

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  32. Bernadette says:

    You are such a fantastic writer. You took swan song and elevated it to art.

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  33. Sue Vincent says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Diana. To dance with death to a song of beauty… Thank you.

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  34. Truly great. Beauty and grace from now to eternity.

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  35. Exquisite, Diana. May death caress us all so lovingly when it’s our time to dance free.

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  36. Meg Sorick says:

    Wow! This is wonderful, Diana. The final dance…

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  37. Oceans2c7 says:

    Absolutely beautiful!…don’t stop! 😊

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  38. Dave says:

    Oo, I love this, Diana. Brilliant description and dreamlike sequence. πŸ™‚

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  39. That was simply divine.

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  40. Carrie Rubin says:

    “The reaper cranes forward, immersed in the sublime pathos of the song.”–Gorgeous!

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  41. Phil Ryan says:

    Oh this is good! Not that I’m surprised, obviously. Well played, D, quality piece of creativity πŸ™‚

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  42. babbitman says:

    Top stuff! πŸ™‚

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  43. balroop2013 says:

    Wow! What an imaginative, dream-like presentation!! Superb interpretation Diana. The grace and the melody could be heard from your words. Loved it. πŸ™‚ keep inspiring dear friend.

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