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That Morning (Carrot Ranch)

January 11, 2020

If wives are being carried then that means it’s Heikinpäivä. If you want to know what Heikinpäivä is then you’ll have to mosey over to the Carrot Ranch and read all about it in this week’s prompt. And after you’ve read about Heikinpäivä, you can read some of the words of the wonderful storytellers there.

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January 9, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a carried wife. Why is she being carried? Who is carrying? Pick a genre if you’d like and craft a memorable character. Go where the prompt leads!

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That Morning

Roger watched Ellen, feeling the same love he’d felt for 53 years.

What did she ever see in me?

He never rushed these feelings and this morning was no different. He watched her feeling love.

Roger became Ellen’s caregiver when Alzheimer’s left her unable to care for herself. “Please promise me,” she begged shortly after the diagnosis. “No nursing homes.”

He promised.

Roger would forever question Ellen’s reason for being out of bed alone. He lifted his wife and carried her to the bed. Setting her lifeless body down he kissed her forehead and lay down next to her.


To lie with you once more
To lie with you
with our dreams
entwined together

To lie beside you
my love still sleeping
to tell sweet lies
one last time
and say goodnight

– Robert Hunter

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2020 6:51 pm

    Sweet and tender. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 11, 2020 9:48 pm

    Poor Roger.
    I compliment you on this complete complementary package- flash, poem, and music, sweet and tender, as Liz said.


  3. January 12, 2020 4:57 pm

    To Lay Me Down is a beautiful song, RIP Robert Hunter.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 17, 2020 6:06 am

      There are a lot of ‘jam’ bands out there nowadays, but not a one with a lyricist as talented or beautiful as Robert Hunter. Thanks for the comment, Robert!

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      • January 17, 2020 11:31 am

        You’re welcome, Michael. I had the pleasure of seeing Hunter perform a one man show in Santa Cruz about 20 years ago. He took liberties with the lyrics, which was fine with us since he was the one who wrote them.


  4. January 14, 2020 9:34 pm

    The pairing of your story with To Lay Me Down has me on the verge of a good cry. Your story is going to stick with me a while, Michael.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 17, 2020 6:07 am

      I can’t think of a nicer compliment. Thank you, Charli!



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