Depths’ Call

CCC #119

How far shall we descend?

How deep shall we dare to go?

How far out into the tide?

Is a question hard to know

Shall we wander away from land

Far from the realm of breath and air

Into the depths of Nepture’s lair

Where cold fingers of death may enclose?

Trouble me not with warnings shrill

Of tidings of impending doom

For the waters call to our mariners’ hearts

And I think they forever will


CCC #119

Woodland Wonder

Woodland wonder, no dark forbidding forest here

This a place of light and greenery, a playground for prancing deer

Quiet paths devoid of obstacles

Make my journey pleasant

As I take in all that surrounds

Like delicate leaves and golden pheasants

But alas I shall need return

To my abode enclosed

And await the coming again of such green scenes

When lockdown is deposed



CCC #115

A dune-way path straight to the sea

No need to brave loose sand and tangled grass

Such ease delivered to a traveller’s way

What more can a beach-goer ask?

And yet there are some who would the rough way go

To experience the natural ways of to-s and fro-s

As for me the boardwalk I’ll take

For my achy old knee’s sake


Crimson’s Creative Challenge #115


CCC #114

“The entrance is around here somewhere,” Thimblebud said.

“That’s what you said ten minutes ago,” Niggletwist observed.

“Well it’s not my fault that it snowed,” Thimblebud retorted.

“Yes. But it was your great idea to leave the Fairyhold in the first place. ‘Oh, let’s go slide on the frozen pond. It will be fun,’ you said. Well it wasn’t. It was cold and I got my shoes wet, and now we are lost.”

“Wait, there it is,” Thimblebud said.

“Where?” Niggletwist snapped.

“Right there.”

“You mean that rabbit hole?” Niggletwist replied snidely. “This is the last time I am every going out with you again. You have the worst sense of direction of any Pixie I have ever seen.”

“You find it then,” Thimblebud said coldly.

“Well, I um.”

“I thought not,” Thimblebud said. “We will just have to wait with the rabbits till the snow melts.”

And that’s how the Pixies came to live in High Warren.


Crimson’s Creative Challenge #114


CCC #113

“Tom and Amie said that the restaurant was amazing,” Phillis said.

“I don’t know. How could a place called ‘The Shed,’ be that wonderful?” Dave replied.

“That’s because it’s low key and understated,” Phillis said.

“It’s damn hard to find is what it is,” Dave said pulling over to look at the directions Amie had jotted down. “Surely if the place is so great there would be some kind of sign to lead you to it, or at least a landmark.”


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #113. Sorry for the Norfolk inside joke everybody else.

Gateway Gothic

CCC #112

“That’s so weird,” Amber said as she did a slow spin taking in all of her surroundings.

“What’s weird? Where?” Tracy queried.

“Here – and this puddle’s what’s weird,” Amber replied.

“What are you going on about?”

“Just look at the refection in the puddle. The building in it isn’t anywhere near here.”

Tracy looked into the puddle and then looked around in the same intense manner Amber had.

“No! No way!” Tracy exclaimed.

The pair then knelt next to the puddle and peered in. There before them was a bustling market square with people in Victorian dress carrying out their business.

Tracy hesitantly placed her fingers into the shallow puddle that seemed no more than an inch deep but was able to sink her hand in to her elbow.

Jerking her arm rapidly from the puddle, she shook it and involuntarily shivered.

“No! This isn’t happening,” she said. “I could feel a breeze.”


CCC #112


CCC #110

All the indicators were good. Minus .5 C or 31 degrees if you prefer old money. A good frost last night, and snow predicted for tonight. Yes, it seemed the conditions were all set for the first decent snowfall of the year, and Felix the Christmas Elf was ready for it. He would make the first plunge into a snow drift and win the third annual jungle bell trophy in a row. Only seven hours to go. But truth be told he was getting a little bored waiting in his dive posture, but one needs to be ready when there are jingle bells on the line.

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #110

The Find

CCC #108

Millions of leaves, miles of trail, and hundreds of hikers and dogwalkers, but it was my nosey mutt that made the discovery. I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise though, if anyone or any thing was going to find a broken tennis racket it was going to be my dog. I should have known better than to have named him Baghdatis.


CCC #108