City’s Heartbeat



City’s Heartbeat

The beat was off.

The buildings blocking sky.

Bright lights hide the stars.

The image blurs my eyes.


for my ancestors,

gone forever.

Gone the sloping hills that met the rolling sea.

The deer no longer lapping at the water’s edge,

the children no longer swinging from trees

with eyes glittering in the sun

now the city loomed

dark, dismal, blurry in my eyes.

The vision of the past extinguished

as the traffic light changed

life continues

the beat of the city sounds

out of rhythm with the earth.


gone forever.

wc: 95 Title included.


This work of fiction is written for  Friday Fictioneer ‘s 100 word writing challenge hosted weekly by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-fields.  Come on out and join us at: Friday Fictioneer ‘s if you’re up to a good challenge, or even a really great read. These little stories are well worth your time! A Huge thank you goes to Jill Wisoff  for this week’s photo prompt.We’d love to see you around the table.


24 thoughts on “City’s Heartbeat

    • Spent time with my “settler” friends doing living history at the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend. What a juxtaposition between 1740’s life in the shadow of Riverbend music venue and the roller coasters of Coney Island. Then, I saw the pic and well, you saw what happened.

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    • Thanks, Rochelle. I spent part of the weekend with my living history pals, where I play the roll of an indentured servant. A “savage” they are trying to “civilize”. I tell ya, my masters are hard enforcers, forcing me to do things like dipping candles and sewing by hand! Why I tell ya, I’m gonna escape the moment I can…. that’s probably why they took my shoes, too, so I couldn’t run! HIYA! (It is a good day to die!, a positive statement). HEHEHEH! HAd a great time, came home, saw the pic, and just had to write it.

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