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I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
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Monday, 28 March 2022

Written from a writing prompt - inspired by Ukraine

Something a little different from me today, inspired by the heart-renching situation in the Ukraine.  I have never been to Russia or the Ukraine, so the few photos I share today are from other parts of Europe in a happier time.  I really enjoyed taking photos of balconies on our trip to Spain, Malta & Italy in 2018.

This piece I wrote the other day from my writer's group home writing prompt - 

No-one answered the door, so Tina took her mobile phone out of her pocket.

With only a backpack hastily stuffed with a change of clothes and her passport, Tina had travelled all day and all night to get here. First by train, almost empty of other passengers, then hitched a ride in the back of a truck, the weary men looking askance at her. Lastly on foot through the ravaged countryside and deserted streets, hardly recognising her surroundings since her visit last spring.

How could it be that at the end of her journey no-one was here to meet her? Tina looked again at the text message from her sister asking her to come quickly…or was it pleading? She had tried to call her sister several times since leaving home, but couldn’t get through. With each kilometre she had grown more anxious.

Tina stepped back from the heavy wooden door and looked up. Above was an iron balcony and an open door with lace curtains wafting gently in and out. She glanced up and down the street. No-one was out at this early hour but she didn’t want to draw attention to herself by calling out. A lone dog snuffled around a rubbish bin.

Tina blew her warm breath into her hands and then reached for the ornate brass door knocker. The thud echoed dully within. She waited but no-one came.

She pushed on the door and it creaked slowly open. Dry leaves scattered around her feet. Stepping cautiously inside Tina scanned the deserted courtyard strewn with dying plants and broken furniture.

A cat slunk away through an open doorway. She followed and was shocked by the disarray inside. Broken tiles and debris littered the floor and plaster hung limply from the exposed roof beams.

On the gilt framed mirror on the opposite wall was one word scrawled in lipstick or was it blood – “run”

I hope you and yours are doing well. I pray for a peaceful resolution in the Ukraine, and cry for the children and families who are suffering. 

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  1. I always think of the children...what a terrible ordeal for them to endure. I'm praying for PEACE too!

  2. Than you would like the balconies on Tenerife too. I still know your feeling and thanks for sharing these memories.

    The war is really terrible and I pray every day too that it will finally come to an end and that the idiot will not dare even worse attacks. Your story is very exciting, one immediately wants to read more. A real thriller....what happend^^

    Wishing you a good day and sending greetings over to you


  3. Great short piece from a prompt.

  4. Enjoyed reading your story. Let's pray for peace right away. Such a tragedy.

  5. Jill - one of our former au pairs lives in Poland; we have been corresponding with her, and she has described the millions of Ukrainians who have escaped to Poland. How refreshing that Poland has welcomed them. I am sure there is some comfort in being "safe" in Poland, but our friend tells us that their suitcases are packed in case things change for Poland. It's as close as I can get to trying to imagine the fear and anxiety.

    The anxiety of not knowing comes through in your piece - well written! Thanks for sharing with Mosaic Monday!

  6. Love the story. Makes me want more so hope you add to it. I use to write more than I do now. I pray along with your Ukraine and this worrysome war to end soon. Thanks for sharing the balconies. :)

  7. Your photos are gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!


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