A handful of words …

for Friday Fictioneers

A few days ago I wrote a 50-word story about a lamp post! I wish I’d had Dale’s picture to accompany it. If you’re interested, it’s HERE!



A thousand sparkling diamonds encrust a jet black sky. Snow beneath my feet glistens in the eerie light of a shimmering silver moon.

The hoot of an owl breaks the silence. A fox stands motionless, one paw raised, green eyes staring into mine. A moth flutters ’round a lamp, a bat swoops by. 

Eyes heavy, I reluctantly wend my way home. 

Throwing open the curtains, I gaze out at the bewitching world I’ve just discovered.

It’ll be gone when I wake, the night’s calm replaced by the bustle of the day.

And so to sleep, wishing I was a creature of the night.



dales-haloThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Dale for the photo.

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58 thoughts on “A handful of words …

  1. Iain Kelly Mar 24, 2021 / 13:22

    Very evocative Keith. I’m too old to be a creature of the night now. I need my sleep!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 24, 2021 / 16:27

      I’m the opposite – the older I get the less I sleep and I like nothing more than having a stroll in the early hours with just the sound of the sea for company!

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  2. ceayr Mar 24, 2021 / 15:29

    Jings, that was wonderfully poetic!
    What happened to you, Keith?

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  3. Denise Mar 24, 2021 / 17:36

    When I was growing up in the city, we could stay out until the street lights came on. No such thing out here in the burbs. Nice story.

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  4. granonine Mar 24, 2021 / 19:00

    Your word paintbrush was full of wonderful things in this one, Keith. Made me want to go for a walk in the dark, but it’s raining and a bit chilly. Maybe tomorrow.

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  5. msjadeli Mar 24, 2021 / 19:06

    It doesn’t hurt to wish. There’s a lot to be said for the stillness of the night. Now I’m thinking of that song from The Phantom of the Opera.

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  6. Dale Mar 24, 2021 / 20:13

    Had I known… I would have let you have the image 😉
    However, what you did here was wonderful. I was strolling along with you in the peaceful quiet of the night.

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  7. jenne49 Mar 24, 2021 / 21:20

    Sorry, that noise was me laughing at the moth story. Brilliant! Just brilliant.
    And today, such poetic prose. Beautiful.

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  8. Dora Mar 24, 2021 / 22:09

    A sparkling vivid picture of night life and night critters. Daylight washes out such beauty. Beautifully written Keith.

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  9. Na'ama Yehuda Mar 24, 2021 / 23:08

    This read like a song hummed under one’s tone, sleepily awake, dreamily in the zone. Lovely!

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  10. Tannille Mar 25, 2021 / 04:47

    Now I want to be a creature of the night. You really gave it life K!

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  11. Anita Mar 25, 2021 / 05:40

    The night has a different sight & things look less eerie when there is light.
    He is so enamored that he wants to be a creature of the night!

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  12. draliman Mar 25, 2021 / 05:52

    You made me wish I was there, walking through the snow in the quiet of night.

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  13. plaridel Mar 25, 2021 / 20:23

    gone are the days when you can walk out at night in peace. now you worry about being mugged. 🙂

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  14. Michael Humphris Mar 26, 2021 / 01:09

    I walk out almost every night. However sadly it is a very long time since I walked at night by the sea. You brought the night alive for me. Thank you

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 26, 2021 / 11:02

      I live close to the shore, and in the early hours, the waves are all I hear. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it Michael.


  15. ahtdoucette Mar 26, 2021 / 13:03

    Or … become second or third shift. Nothing wrong with that at all. I love the imagery here. Now that I live in the city, walking at night is more dangerous (cars not criminals although maybe that too) so I don’t really. I miss late-night walks in the country or on the beach.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 27, 2021 / 14:25

      Living in a small seaside town it’s very quiet after lights-out. It suits me!


  16. Nobbinmaug Mar 27, 2021 / 01:11

    There’s not much as beautiful as a warm summer’s night out under the stars.

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