Memories Long Forgotten



She sang, of dancing shadows through the tori gate, of the moonlight, dappled on the forest floor. The moss grew thick on boulders, once worshipped as the homes of the gods – now long forgotten amongst soft-leaved gingko and scattered pine needles.

She sang of peace within the forest’s heart, of enticing revelations and meditating monks, desperate for enlightenment. Of her ancestor’s supplicating tread and chance encounters as daily ablutions were performed in the murky half-light.

She sang, her voice carrying the echoes of a millennium of birdsong and crickets’ calls, grieving for those lost opportunities to find peace, to savour solitude.

She sang, but we had already forgotten.


Good Morning! We’re going to the beach today, to welcome the first few days of both summer and the school holidays. My girls are tugging at my sleeve, insisting we depart. This story was written using the Friday Fictioneers’ photo prompt, this week by Sandra Crook. I also used the 3WordWednesday prompts, Chance, Entice and Savour. Comments and criticism welcome, as always!

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27 thoughts on “Memories Long Forgotten

  1. boomiebol says:

    Very poetic. I really like it!

  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautiful and sad… very touching.

  3. I miss torii. Ever been to fushimi-inari taisha in Kyoto? Hundreds of them

  4. I wrote another story about tori gates and kitsune statues a while ago – The King of the Forest.

  5. Beautiful. Enjoy the beach. 🙂 Our younger daughter would be jealous of your trip to Tokyo. She was in Japan for six weeks several years ago and wants to go back, live and work there.

  6. Loved this. It’s obvious you are familiar with the country which added beauty and depth to your story. Enjoy the beach.

  7. vbholmes says:

    How can we forget such a lovely song? Beautiful.

  8. Hi Chris,
    I liked that you showed a real knowledge of the kinds of rituals performed at these knds of places and also liked your sharply focused details. Ron

  9. Carrie says:

    summer just beginning? We’re still enjoying the lingering ends of ours 🙂

    Beautiful piece. I could picture a nature fairy singing for all to enjoy

  10. beautiful! enjoy your trip home:)

  11. rich says:

    shame on you. already forgotten.

  12. sumptuous language as the human aspires to the numinous but falls a long way short & plunges back to earth, betrayed by our mortal memories

  13. I’d say you did a masterful job of writing one story for two prompts. The last line tears at the heart.

  14. kdmccrite2 says:

    This was so beautifully written that I found myself singing it in my head. Lovely. Simply lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  15. yaralwrites says:

    She sang, but we had already forgotten. Great line.
    I am number 44 this week

  16. Brian Benoit says:

    Whew – easily one of my favorites this week. It’s just one great phrase after another with this. And the way you give a sense of the echo of a song, by repeating the phrase “she sang” was a nice touch. All around great writing.

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  18. Aaron says:

    Quite beautiful, in a wispy sadness kind of beauty.

  19. oscarjamieson says:

    Lovely piece. Familiar with Shinto are you?

    • Yeah, I spent most of my childhood wandering around Tokyo – I’ve always been interested in the intersection between modern Japan and Shinto, particularly in the way that the Japanese people merged their ancestor/nature worship first with Buddhism and then with Christianity. It’s not uncommon there to see people going to a Catholic church before stopping off at their local temple to light some incense for their ancestors…

  20. How sad. This one stays with you. Great job.

  21. rmp says:

    touchingly beautiful. such lovely description. and the end…quite sad.

  22. silver price says:

    The underlying power to all occult practices, is Satanism, i.e., the worship of Satan (or Lucifer) in opposition to the worship of God. It is the worship of Satan which has been the driving force behind the handful of men who have perpetuated the Illuminati conspiracy. Through its various incarnations, the spread of the occult has enabled the Illuminati to create a social climate that has welcomed the advent of the New World Order, and the one-world government that accompanies it.

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