A tale of woe

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Remnant.




One for sorrow, two for … sorrow.

She left behind an all but empty basket of insignificant remnants, nothing worth preserving. 

Her life was spent chasing shadows and swimming against an incoming tide; walking a jagged path that led her nowhere. 

Her ideas, her ambitions, all of her hopes cruelly dashed, yet always wise after the event.

Just a few attended her final farewell, ‘she who would valiant be, ‘gaist all disaster’ they murmered.

Three for remember, four for … forget.



six-sentence-stories-1 (1)Thanks to GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.

44 thoughts on “A tale of woe

  1. clark Jun 17, 2021 / 11:44

    enjoyable Six, in a horrible way*

    *lol, no, seriously, a compliment for a story exquisitely crafted to draw in (many against our will) a certain percentage of the Readers who might identify with the focal character**

    ** not a ‘real’ term in rhetoric

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 17, 2021 / 13:29

      Understood and appreciated! I wonder if you have any of our fellow readers in mind.


  2. Susan St.Pierre Jun 17, 2021 / 16:27

    A lovely poetic piece! It’s all about the ‘journey’, isn’t it? I wonder if being remembered is the important part of ‘having lived’?

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  3. jenne49 Jun 17, 2021 / 21:14

    That was a sad one, Keith. And you wrote it so well. Three for remember, four for…forget.’ This week you’re nearly making me cry!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 18, 2021 / 11:35

      Sorry about that Jenne, normal service will shortly be resumed! Thanks so much for your kind words.


  4. Pat Brockett Jun 17, 2021 / 23:32

    “Her ideas, her ambitions, all of her hopes cruelly dashed, yet always wise after the event.” It sounds like she learned whatever it was she was supposed to learn, even though after the fact. The pace at which we learn and the means by which we do it vary from person to person.

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  5. Frank Hubeny Jun 18, 2021 / 02:36

    I like your description of her by what appeared as failure to leave more than insignificant remnants upon her passing.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. ceayr Jun 18, 2021 / 07:54

    Crivvens, Keith, I struggled to get a chuckle out of this!
    Expertly and concisely crafted history of a hard life.

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  7. GirlieOnTheEdge Jun 19, 2021 / 16:06

    Damn! (you’ll see use of this word every now and again on the ‘net as a most high compliment)
    This was beautiful and intense, Keith. The poignancy not lost. It begs the question – did others truly know her?

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 19, 2021 / 17:17

      Thank you, in my mind, she was different and not understood by others. In the end, she simply gave up.

      Oh, and thanks for the ultimate compliment!


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