‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge’ Week #13 @pursoot #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity

Below is my piece for Suzanne Burke’s ‘Flash in a Fiction Challenge’ Week #13 Image Prompt. I had a heck of a time choosing the poem to post here. I ended up with several peoms, but narrowed it down to two. One was full of images and a connection to the soul, but the other one reminded me of a favorite poem, “A Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost. Here’s the one that narrowly won out.

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I searched day and night

For this promised treasure.

Given no map or guidance

Only a family quest to fulfill.

Each morning started the same…

Through the pines, cedars, and dogwoods

I followed my path.

My eyes scanned the hushed forest.

And when the filtered sunbeams departed…

So did I.

I repeated this ritual daily, never changing my course

Until that one day…

A shimmer sparkled between two large sugar pines.

Encouraged, I veered off into the unknown.

I soon found this careless choice difficult…

Leaving me conflicted…

And scraped and bruised from this uncharted territory.

But the small light beckoned me forward…

Until the sunbeams dissipated…

I turned to go home.

That’s when I saw it… shiny, bright, and golden.

I knew it was the promised family treasure

Quickly I swooped up the old key, studying it.

It was exactly as described down to the three holes,

But it offered no answers, only more questions.

I carefully tucked it away in my pocket.

All I had to do was… find the lock.

Here’s where my next journey began.

I’ll continue until I find what I seek…

The lock that my treasured key opens…

And what exists beyond.

Embrace your inner child by trying something new. D. L. Finn

30 thoughts on “‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge’ Week #13 @pursoot #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity”

  1. This is a wonderful poem, Denise! A stunning contribution and one I’ll be sharing in a few moments on the Challenge blog. Thanks so much for joining in again, Denise. 😊

  2. What a fantastic response to the photo prompt, Denise. I loved the last lines, ” I’ll continue until I find what I seek…

    The lock that my treasured key opens…

    And what exists beyond.” Isn’t that what life is all about? Just beautiful!

  3. Beautiful Denise! The ending of the poem reminds me of a Bollywood song in which they have the key of an unknown lock.
    All the best for your search and another poem to celebrate. 🙂

  4. Suzanne’s prompts are producing some great writing. I love the mystery in this, Denise. I wondered if the treasure was home and family, but the open end is a great hook for more. <3

    1. Thanks, Diana:) Yes there has been some amazing pieces and poetry for Suzanne’s challenges! You are right I did leave it open.

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