Dark Kaleidoscope

The season of madness continued its daily turns as if demonic hand were holding infinitely dark kaleidoscope.

Gleefully twisting large cylindrical toy hour by hour, the hand’s eye watched shards of onyx, obsidian, midnight slate display and reform myriad variations of dire events and grim revolving repercussions.

Now skies had opened their winter silos, unloaded sufficient weighty snow to burden nearly three-quarters of the country and call widespread halts to severely compromised ‘normal’.

Freezing temps, white ice walls, avalanches—none bear gifts of peace, nor hope of healing; and provide no balm to quell violence which still swirls like blizzards…at heart, as heated as summer’s firestorms.

Hand giggled deliriously, fingers wrenching kaleidoscope ever more quickly as though in arousal; slavering, it peered into faceted coal shadows which shattered then bloomed again.

‘Twas a night-flowering bouquet’s bleak delight: fever of virus, famine of faith, flaming rage gone rabid; Death-arrows swift-flying, hitting marks, seeding more loss, sorrow and devastation to spirits—pray glorious cathedral hues be restored.

©Avia Morrow, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Denise hosts Six Sentence Stories each week, and this time the prompt word is KALEIDOSCOPE.


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Plowing Through

February again, the month when many couples marry; but Groundhog Day marked 43 years since a judge slammed gavel on her pathetically foolish, but blessedly brief union which had shattered innocent trust and rent last remnant of naïve belief in a benign world.

There’d been a time when she could joke about her Groundhog Day divorce, referencing the comic film about a fictitious weather reporter’s repeating February 2nd.

But now she plowed through that annual reminder the way she recalled snowplows taking out behemoth snowdrift-walls in her short-stemmed childhood, following blizzards which typically cancelled school for a day or two.

Winter was far less snowy where she found herself in this senior season, though torrential pewter rains turned easily to treacherous ice, embroidering chill vista of her chosen seclusion.

Squinting out the window she observed somber twilight, felt her days slipping by in stealthy arrhythmic tachycardia she welcomed.

Too many calendars—glossy pages casting fantasies of escape denied, and packed in faded floral lingerie box—mocked her yearning to abandon Life in the same way it had shown a cold shoulder to her in every awkwardly plowed phase.


Six Sentence Stories is hosted by Denise each week, and the prompt word this time is PLOW.

©Avia Morrow, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.


Stay the Forward Course (3LineTales)

photo by Raychel Sanner via Unsplash


The road appeared to go on indefinitely and emptily, which inspired no confidence nor courage.

And even with half-blind (cataract) eyes it was apparent there was a heck-of-a storm fast-descending up ahead, with lightning already striking.

We reasoned, juggled worst case scenarios, percentage chances, and considered philosophical issues for the spare moments of opportunity likely remaining to make a decision; it came down to this:  was there anything (or one) worth turning back for—not really; we were “do or die” ready to stay the forward course, in faith.

©Avia Morrow, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Mark of No

Once, far decades ago, love was more than a dream or hope…it was an unscheduled expectation; a promised someday….perhaps even a divine obligation waiting to be fulfilled.

But evidently not for her.

No, on some obscure list her name had been marked through with a heavy black line.

A thorny-bracelet mark on her heart was seared brand yet oozing, gall wending through arteries up into her aubergine-clouded eyes, painting the message for all to read: “damaged goods, beware”.

She stands, back plank-rigid against the coastal wind, gazing undecided at incoming dark sapphire tide.

She could vow a million times that it doesn’t matter, “tell almost the whole story” to herself…but the sirens ever call her, a serenade of sea’s soothing depths.



Denise hosts Six Sentence Stories each week.  Her prompt word this time is “mark”, and she includes the quote by Anne Sexton:  “Tell almost the whole story.”

©Avia Morrow, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.