The ‘other’ pandemic

The 'other' pandemic

The pandemic has upended our lives in more ways than we can imagine. Alongwith the direct impact in terms of fatalities, health concerns, there has also been the indirect impact. People have lost their livelihoods along with savings which took years to build. Children have lost their precious years of school life. Families have been torn apart in more ways than one can imagine.

And to top it off, more and more people are going hungry and facing poverty than ever before. Years of gains in equality and social welfare along with treatment of other diseases has all been lost within a matter of months. As the number of mouths to feed continues to increase, families continue to wonder on what would happen the next moment.

“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things?

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Prosery – Here’s the thing about existing

Spring’s arrival

Spring's arrival

Spring arrived with mud and a torrent of bad news.

They planned the expedition but unfortunately the weather ended up being a bummer. Considering his dexterity when it came to all things travel, he had organized everything in advance.

He also made sure to convince his best buddies who lived at the front and back of his house along with the solitudinarian. After the great winter freeze, the snow did melt away before spring arrived. But their trip just froze away instead becoming a fodder for so many around them.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Expedition, Fandango One Word Challenge: Dexterity, First Line Friday, Saturday Mix, Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #208

100 word fiction: The pile-up

100 word fiction: The pile-up

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

It had just been few minutes since the trailer had swerved to avoid hitting a car from the opposite side and then eventually become stuck due to the load. But the traffic pile-up had begun.

Being one of the main roads in the city, almost everyone had to take it every morning for work. And now with a trailer blocking the entire road, people were stuck in either direction.

Inside the trailer –

“We need to move to the side some way or another.”

“I have called the police for help.”

“I hope they get here before all hell breaks loose.”

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to Wordless Wednesday

100 word fiction: Ray of hope

100 word fiction: Ray of hope

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

“It has been a tough year for everyone. As we begin this new year, we all hope and pray that the next one will be better in every sense of the word.”

As the residents of the city bid goodbye to 2020 with a short speech by the mayor, there was optimism in the air. As people lit candles with messages of hope, there was relief more than elation at seeing the back of a year which almost everyone wanted to forget.

They felt that the beginning of a new year brought a ray of hope for mankind to start afresh.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Antithesis

Antithesis

Who was he?

He seemed like his brother’s antithesis. While his brother would strive for the family’s happiness, he didn’t care about anyone but himself. His behavior seemed absurd. Since he would err in anything he did, his brother announced in his bass voice that he wouldn’t base any succession plans to consider him as his heir just based on relationships.

Linking to Fandango One Word Challenge: Antithesis, Your Daily Word Prompt: Strive, Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #203: Absurd, Double Take – Saturday Mix, Stream of Consciousness Saturday