Five-Sentence Fiction ~ Angles

Reflections Upon the Morning

Canada Goose in for a Landing

Canada Goose in for a Landing (Photo credit: wackybadger)

I stood on the porch just after dawn and a lone goose, silent, with gentle flicks of his great gray wings, glided directly over my head, descending in a flat angle toward the empty surface of the pond beyond the pines.

It troubled me to spy this lost piece of a greater puzzle, this misplaced symbol of the power of one in many and many as one.

I wondered if he thought he saw the image of an approaching comrade upon the mirror of water, before he shattered its glassy calm into hundreds of spreading circles, each containing diamond pieces of that figure.

The sun now fully risen, I left him to his rest and returned inside, where I passed the framed photo on the wall of Sharon—the smiling portrait from before she got sick.

And there upon its glass I noticed the reflection of my face—my cheek to hers—and I said, “Good morning, babe,” and didn’t feel so lonely anymore, at least for that day.

© Joseph Hesch 2013

This week’s little story is written in response to Lillie McFerrin’s Five-Sentence Fiction prompt “Angles.”

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18 thoughts on “Five-Sentence Fiction ~ Angles

  1. This is a beautiful piece. In my mind’s eye I took the shattering of the bird’s reflection in the water into’ diamond pieces of that figure’, to the picture of Sharon, and tear drops on your face reflecting back similar diamonds of her figure. Does that sound silly?
    I found you via 5 Sentence Fiction 🙂 x

    • Nope, not silly at all. I think in drafting someting this small, the writer has to have faith that the reader can “fill in the white space.” I love how you did! Thank you so much!

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