Tag Archives: 99-100 words

Zipper

zipper
Image credit to the Carrot Ranch

I still have a warm winter jacket from Chicago, and all it’s ever needed was a replacement zipper. I don’t wear it often here in SoCal, but when I do I marvel how an item was constructed so well that it’s lasted over 35 years, through many cleanings. Nowadays we throw everything away. Clothes and shoes are made cheaply and we get tired of them besides. Electronics and cars become obsolete and we’re forced to upgrade them with newer models. And it’s easy enough to pop onto a dating site and search for a replacement for your current partner.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Escape

Escape freedom cage
Image from the Carrot Ranch

One of the best things I ever did was give up dating. Five years on, and I’m so much less stressed. I no longer worry about what some man will think of my hair, my clothes, my face, my body, my interests (or lack thereof). If someone is judging me for these things, I don’t know about it, and it is bliss. Maybe some women don’t experience dating like this, but I did, and now I’ve made my escape. Freedom from worry over other people’s opinions is the best thing ever. I’m so happy I made this smart choice.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Cacophony

Fireworks explosion
Image from the Carrot Ranch

The jungle exploded in squawks and screams as the birds beat their wings and the monkeys leaped from vine to vine. Charles absorbed the cacophony, sweat dripping down his spine, took a deep breath, and smiled. This is what he came here for, escaping the corporate madness, to become one with nature and explore the mysteries of the Amazon. He noted the vivid colors and pungent odors, taking a moment to make notes in his journal. As he slipped the book back in his pack, a lizard slithered over his boot. Silly creatures. Behind Charles, the jaguar approached silently.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Sea Mist

sea mist
Image from the Carrot Ranch

They say this beach is haunted, and though I don’t believe it, one spring I spent every day on the sand, just in case. And there she was.

With sea mist sparkling on her skin, she reveled in the waves. Some said she seemed like a witch, with her dark hair and mysterious eyes. She kissed me under a sky strung with stars, her hands icy cold but her lips soft and warm. I held her tight.

After Midsummer’s Eve, she grew pale and small, acting like she didn’t know me at all.

During September’s dark moon, she disappeared.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Exhaustion

Image from the Carrot Ranch

Waiting for the wave of slumber to pull me under, my mind wanders. Tasks left undone bounce like pinballs around my brain, keeping me awake, as my tired spirit aches for a break. I long for the nectar of forgetfulness, the slide into oblivion where the wreckage of the day shapes itself into incomprehensible dreams, half-written scenes. Instead, I twist in the covers, too hot, too cold, exhaustion blanketing my soul. Images and flashes, glimpses into the past, a mixture, a mishmash, open door, diamond sand, I’m almost too exhausted to accept the hand of sleep as it reaches…

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Sugar Report

love letters
Image from the Carrot Ranch

Like a soldier in a war, he sends me a sugar report each morning. He outlines his schedule for the day and tells me how much he misses me. We discuss tentative plans for meeting, but it’s always so tricky to navigate the logistics. Yet I remember his kisses, hot under the summer moon, waves crashing in the distance, so I persist. It will be worth it, I insist to myself, when that day finally comes when we can be together in the sunshine, his hand laced in mine. For now though, he spends every night with his wife.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Lost Time

hourglass sands of time
Image from the Carrot Ranch

Golden moments swirl into indigo blue as night devours the afternoon hours. Just as surely, light creeps in early, and the blushing dawn finds darkness the perfect delicacy to breakfast upon. Time circles the tides as it will, and try as we may we can’t hold the sands still. When we flip the glass, the grains slip away into the past.

All we have is now, to dance as the waves roll over our shoes, and to kiss under the glow of the benevolent moon. Nothing exists except this, and death, forever encapsulated in every drawn breath.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

The Gardener

Gardening
Image from the Carrot Ranch

Louise stared out the window and shook her head. “I’m so perturbed. My neighbor Phil has been gardening in the nude every day all summer!”

Betsy laughed. “I would think he’d be worried about sunburn on delicate parts.”

“One would think.” Louise clucked her tongue. “I’ve never seen such a thing before!”

“Well, you were married,” Betsy joked as she joined her friend at the window. “So, where is this crazy old naked man?”

“That’s why I’m upset. He hasn’t appeared today.”

“But when he does, we will be outraged!” Betsy declared.

“Indeed. I’ll make tea while we wait.”

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Solstice

Solstice
Image from the Carrot Ranch

The longest day brings shadows late, a warm breeze caressing my face. I can almost see you leaning against the ancient rocks, your half-smile welcoming me to the illicit night. Purple clouds swept the amber sky as we kissed for the last time.

I didn’t know it was the end, but you did. You gripped me tight; your eyes burned with a desperate fire. I remember how you said goodbye instead of au revoir.

No mortal man can suffice when you’ve been loved by an eternal. I gaze at the stars with a heart full of tears, still satisfied.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.

Late Wish

99 words wish
Image from the Carrot Ranch

Too little, too late, missed the deadline, sitting on the sideline with a glass of plum wine. Watching the players parade onstage, I fade back in the thistle. Skin prickles, sun tickles, bees kiss, reminding me I still exist.

Not everyone has to be a star, or even given a bit part. Some participate from afar. Or opt out of the game, be a no name, create our own lane.

Still, before the day ends, I pluck a stem, give my dreams their angel wings, send them off on the summer wind, and then, wait for the faintest amen.

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©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Note: I am catching up on some of the older Carrot Ranch 99-word challenges, but since these are all past the deadlines, I am linking back to the main site in the image credit.