Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FiveSentenceFiction – Flowers – Forever Lily

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Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week Lillie McFerrin posts a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate writes a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.

This week: FLOWERS


Forever Lily

A single calla lily stands in a plain glass vase; a trumpet atop a long stem; tall and elegant; the simple green and white a marked contrast to the turmoil that was her life; the stillness of the church in juxtaposition to the energy she exuded.

Her raucous laugh, her loving and generous nature, her edgy wit, and the constant fear and pain of illness are all gone. Her shining eyes, the shapely legs that extended always from mini-skirts will be seen no more. She will never again cook for her family, pour a drink for a friend, offer a hug or kiss to one she loved.

Everyone leaves the graveside with a bloom and so her favourite flower becomes forever the memory of that last day, and of her.


Lillie McFerrin Writes

Written by Sarah Ann

September 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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  1. Very moving, Sarah. Excellent job of capturing the spirit of the departed.


    September 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    • Thank you. It took me a while to get the right feel to this so I’m glad I persevered.

      Sarah Ann

      September 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  2. very sad..Her loved ones will miss her gestures and actions all the more. well put


    September 18, 2013 at 1:12 am

    • It’s the little things people do, their habitual actions that always stand out as missing.

      Sarah Ann

      September 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  3. This is beautiful. While her death is sad in and of itself, the last paragraph instills a little hope. The flowers, a remembrance, will allow mourners to associate her with the flower. This way, whenever they see the flower, they will remember…so in that way, she lives on in her loved ones’ memories.


    September 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

    • That’s it exactly. I wrote from the experience of attending a friend’s funeral last year. She is gone but never forgotten.

      Sarah Ann

      September 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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