Friday Fictioneers – Savior From The Sun

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The sky today
is covering
hovering
a dark grey blanket
that smothers, hanging low.
And the people in the streets
stoop, afraid to scrape their heads
to scoop out gooey fluff
in their hair from the sky.
So they go back inside
to keep their heads clean
and they whistle
and they wait
for the sun to return
to burn away the grey.
But when the sun comes back
they’re afraid of the heat
and though it’s not so bad
it makes them think of baking buns
so they run back inside
and they whistle
and they wait
for the blanket to return
their savior from the sun.
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Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Here’s the collection link.

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35 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Savior From The Sun

  1. Rachel, Almost everything’s been said. How times have changed. So many people used to go out and bake themselves. Now we know how dangerous that can be. However, we see storm damage on TV and worry about that also. You can’t win. Well written story. 🙂 —Susan

  2. “..afraid to scrape their heads
    to scoop out gooey fluff
    in their hair from the sky.”
    That’s very well expressed. So many times we don’t do anything because we are scared of what may happen. Lovely poem.

  3. Do you know the Beatles song “Rain”? The lyric uses reactions to the weather as a metaphor for people always wanting what they don’t have, just as your poem does. I particularly liked the lines –
    “and they whistle
    and they wait”
    It’s an image that underlines the futility of it so well.

  4. I’m picturing this little town you’ve described and it’s a funny sight, all the people running inside, then out, then back in again. It’s a strange phenomenon, human behavior. Well done. 🙂

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