The Next Great Adventure

People say that time goes by; time says that the people go by.

Vietnamese proverb

Living life and expecting death

Life as we know it exists between two predefined points: birth and death. We spend a lot of our time around the concept of birth. In fact, we even have a dedicated day to remember and celebrate it every year. The recognition of death as part of life, on the other hand, is something we rarely come across. We spend every day not thinking about it — we actively avoid thinking about it. It is quite natural to live that way. However, two things changed that for me over the last many months.

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Something Smells Fishy…

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What is that peculiar smell?” Mario wondered loudly as his companion Kat looked around following the smell too. It then dawned upon on them.

“Mark is cooking our dinner – I almost forgot about that.” She exclaimed and looked around. “I wonder what he cooked up that smells so bad!”

“Well then, let’s go find out” he replied.

They started walking back, in a way only meerkats could and looked around the camp that they all had set up here – an abode safe from all predators with food aplenty. They had taken to sharing chores and everything was going beautifully well. They walked into the enclosure but couldn’t quite see Mark.

They both froze as the question popped into their heads again “What is that peculiar smell?” as a perilous shadow loomed over them.

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The Hero, The Beauty & The Beast

Providing our photo prompt this week is Sonya, author of the blog, “Only 100 Words.” Thank you Sonya!

With his fingers, he gently caressed her smooth, soft skin.
They were almost cutting through the surface so thin.
He felt blessed. He was at bliss.
Any moment now, he would ask the question.

As he almost did do the honour,
his mind had doubts in the harbour.
He felt queasy. He was uneasy.
From that moment, he was subject to torture.

As commanded by the laws of nature,
from his beauty, a beast did appear.
He felt mocked. He was shocked.

The beast sank into his beauty
and left him no place to be.
He felt sick. He was sick.
The beast had destroyed him utterly.

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