PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

I lit a fire in the hearth,

To replace your warmth.

I lit the world up with lamps,

To make up for your absence.

It works.

Most of the time.

But  neither lamps nor fire.

play with my shadows like you do, Sire.

——–  end ———-

Note:  “shadows” here represents the metaphysical one we are all supposed to carry according to Jungian psychology:

—-  end note —

This 42 word ” story” is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge  posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week.  This week’s photo was provided by Rochelle herself.

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes on the same photo prompt:


40 responses to “Shadows

  1. Dear Ansumi,

    Unique little piece. Compact and to the point.




  2. beautiful. no explanation required. don’t incriminate yourself. 🙂


    • Thanks. The explanation was specifically for a couple of readers from the family, who are not that proficient with the subtleties of the English language. I know our usual cast of the FF readers/writers need no explanations 🙂

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  3. We all have a few shadows. Good piece


  4. Lovely. Good work. Shadows are everywhere


  5. Less is more, and this is certainly a lot. Well done!


  6. Killer last line. Poetic!


  7. I fear demonic influence.
    Good piece.


  8. Beautiful and brief. I am dying with curiosity about who that “Sire” is — but you don’t have to enlighten me, if you don’t want to. He can remain in the shadows!


  9. Lovely little piece. It made me look more carefully at the picture.


  10. Intriguing piece.
    And the explanation of ‘shadows’ is unnecessary, I think.


    • Thanks

      The explanation was specifically for some family readers, who are not that proficient with the subtleties of the English language. I know our usual cast of the FF readers/writers need no explanations 🙂


  11. Short and sweet (and I agree with CE… no need for any explanations!)


  12. I agree with other commenters that explanation of the story line is not necessary; the piece is perfect and complete as is. If I had to categorize it, I would say it’s a prose poem–and a lovely one, too!


  13. Quite sad and haunting. Nice!


  14. Beautiful … concise, but powerful.


  15. Delightful. It’s a feeling many of us have experienced.
    Rosey Pinkerton’s blog


  16. Metaphorically, literally…this works lots of ways.
    Short is sweet.


  17. This is packed with impact that works in so many ways.. Very good.


  18. This piece has a medieval tone with the word “sire” in it. Thanks for the link to explain “shadow.” I was unfamiliar with that meaning. Good metaphors. Well done, Ansumani. 🙂 — Suzanne


  19. Fascinating little piece. I love how you used the prompt, and the linked reading was very interesting.


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