Sunday, August 8, 2010

100 Word Challenge: The Courage to Fly

(look closely at the photo, you can see one leg on the shell as a touching farewell)

You sheltered me while I grew. I had no choice but to slough you off like a skin too small. Crawling out wasn’t all that easy. I struggled, you know, I worked hard like the cicadas we watched from the porch swing on sultry August Sundays. Remember? We looked on as the hard shell of security that surrounded wet, transparent wings split down the middle. Singers of summer songs perched vulnerable on the sprawling oak tree until the moment came and with dry wings launched into life. I discovered my courage to fly, too, and we were companions no more.

Written for Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge using the word companions for inspiration and graciously hosted by Lou


Marion Williams-Bennett said...

I am so loving your 100 word challenges. You have a beautiful ability to boil down words to their beautiful and lovely essence.

"I discovered my courage to fly, too." powerful. lovely.

The photo is spectacular!

Kiki said...

Wonderful ! how rock..shine on!!

LceeL said...

Wonderful piece. Unusual.

PattiKen said...

Lovely piece, very symbolic of parent-child separation.

Teresa O said...

Marion...Sometimes less is so much more and the 100 word challenge forces me to find just the right word. Thank you for stopping by!

Kiki...Oh how I love your exuberance. Thank you for your support and kindness.

Lou...A bit thank you for visiting and hosting the 100 Word Challenge.

PattiKen...I'm so glad you found the symbolism within this short piece. Thank you for your kind words.