Friday, August 20, 2010

#fridayflash + Can't Wait: "Queue"

it's friday! this means: #fridayflash is on again. AND: the new weekly issue of 52/250 A Year of Flash is up. theme of this week: "Can't Wait". the story i wrote for this week is fresh from the dark side of the garden, sprinkled with some zen humour. enjoy ~ (links are below)

She never had been good at patience. Reliability, understanding, self-discipline, even humour – no problem on those fronts. But having to wait – for a bus, for a waitress, for a reply – pulled her strings.

“And it gets worse,” she confessed to a friend. “Last week, I got in trouble after I tried to sneak up to the front of a queue. A woman almost hit me with her handbag.”

“Get a garden,” her friend advised. “It’s a great way to learn patience and tranquillity. You can’t rush flowers, and they will calm you.”

So she went ahead. She didn’t want to wait, and thus ordered one of the new ready-to-grow gardens with roses, lilies and other flowers included. It arrived in a huge green parcel. She unrolled it and added water. Then she sat down, and imagined to be a flower in her own garden.

It all went well at first. The garden grew happily, and being a flower induced a general feeling of tranquillity. She still had difficulties with queuing for a bus, but she was better prepared now: she always carried a pop-up flower book with her.

Then the snails arrived. They circled her flowers, then started to queue in front of the petals, set to munch one after the other. She tried to practice understanding and ease, and offered to get some snail snacks. The snails agreed, but lost patience while she queued at the counter, and chewed up the petals until all tranquillity was gone.


and here, the links:- 52/250 A Year of Flash: Can't Wait (next theme: "Sleep")
- #fridayflash twitter link
- #fridayflash feature with guidelines


dan powell said...

The ready-to-grow garden is a wonderful idea, and I loved the attempt to quell the impending snail attack. Lovely piece.

Linda said...

I love it! I see the wildflowers in a can, but this is so much better! Snails, slugs, Japanese beetles, and the nasty stink bug -- not to mention weeds - all peril our tranquility. Peace...

Christian Bell said...

Nicely done, Dorothee. So much for gardens being good for peace and tranquility. It must be like the notion that cats are good for your health (and I love my cat, but the 4:30 wake-ups I don’t like). Love the play on the idea of “queue” and what you do with it.