I Gave Her a Memory, of Summer

Edal Anton Lefterov - Torrential rain on Thassos island, Greece.

“Come, child. Your hands are freezing!”

I pulled her close beneath our blanket.

The rain hammered down.

She shook, fever-struck.

I gave her a memory, of summer, of sunlight.

She wouldn’t see another.

Written for Trifecta’s 33 word summer challenge. 

It’s winter here, so all my summers seem like memories, unattainable.

Comments and criticism always welcome!

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23 thoughts on “I Gave Her a Memory, of Summer

  1. emlee1973 says:

    That’s so gorgeous. And so sad. Your work amazes me.

  2. Kir Piccini says:

    oh , how heart wrenching to be reminded and then have her taken away.
    this was just beautiful.

  3. Linda Vernon says:

    This is so sad and so beautifully written.

  4. barbara says:

    lovely memories (whether real or fictionalized reality)

  5. adelia says:

    aww this is a lovely piece

  6. Christine says:

    Beautiful and sad… Sometimes the memory of summer is better than the real thing, and sometimes it just has to be enough. Lovely piece, Chris.

  7. Suzanne says:

    This is so beautifully written and so sad. Love your creative take on the prompt.

  8. Kylie says:

    Haunting entry.

  9. Draug419 says:

    This reminds me a bit of The Giver. I love that book. Nicely done.

  10. Somber and moving. Good work with the prompt.

    Thank you for linking up. Please be sure to return for the voting.

  11. yarrpirate says:

    Too sad for words, in only thirty three… PS…come join this challenge too! http://yepirategunn.weebly.com/2/post/2013/06/ligo-haibun-challenge-1406-2106.html

  12. I loved this line, it was a really nice contrast given that it was raining during the poem and read to me as if the memory was actually given to the child rather than created; “I gave her a memory, of summer, of sunlight.”

  13. Sarah Ann says:

    So sad and beautiful.

  14. Diane Turner says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  15. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Love offering the memory of summer, where everything seems possible. Beautiful, Chris.

  16. Sini says:

    Tragic image…kindness doesnt take anything away from anyone yet no one is ready to give it away

  17. Evocative and touched lightly a hand that channels sadness.

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