Ravages of Sleep; A Magpie Tale

Bedroom View
Image courtesy of Magpie Tales


The remnants of a nights frolic welcome my sleepy morning eyes.  Stirring a sensation deep with in my soul, igniting a fiery appetite to continue those lustful wants.  The memories of sensual touches and passionate kisses while the stars smiled upon our unbridled escapades.  The comfort of your embrace, warmed by a mysterious moons full light.  Anguish returns, as slowly I recall, it was all a nightmare.  

Dreams, so cruel, thriving on a memory astonishingly lavish and real.  I dam the ravaging disease that took your sweet love from me.  I have only the single picture to stare at, and those fabulous memories you gifted me with your spirit.  Memories that now seem as if they must have been fictitious creations of wishful thought. 

Each night is the same, an evening forsaken to the the desolate companionless realm of a sorrow so deep and lasting.  Longing to hear even a whisper of your voice, feel the tenderness of your brushing touch.  I stare at your picture on the wall, and relegate my self to restless sleep, inaugurated with a tear soaked pillow.  The dreams come of those memories you left, cherished, tangible, and idyllic.

I ask you, no plead with you, how can I move on when I’m insufferably lost in love with a memory.  A memory so true and real to my mind, it’s impossible to overcome.  The days have passed, one by one, turning to weeks, then months, and finally to years.  Must I pause in waiting for the decades to elapse?
This short fiction is just that, fiction.  Inspired by Magpie Tales, and her treachery in capturing my imagination with this picture.  Feel not sorrow for me, yet hold a little compassion for that poor unfortunate character who developed in my thoughts.

52 comments:

Catalyst said...

I think I've said this before, Eric, but your way with words, your obvious love of language, is intoxicating.

Eric S. said...

Thank you ever so much Catalyst. I do enjoy the written word, I find it challenging.

Sandee said...

What Catalyst said is right on the money. Excellent.

Have a terrific day. :)

Eric S. said...

Thanks Sandee, Your too kind to me.

Stafford Ray said...

Fiction? There is too much here for it to not hold at least a seed of truth! :-)

Eric S. said...

Nay sir Staford, tis naught but a wisp of pure imagination. Thank you.

Vicki said...

ooohhhhhh. That's deeply romantic.
I like it.

Rogue said...

awesome Eric. But then, we have come to expect no less of you than awesome. Tis the cross that you must bear. So suck it up cupcake,, and give us more, more more! ( we are such a greedy lot)

Eric S. said...

Thank you Vicki, I do enjoy the romance.

Rogue, you make me blush with your compliments. Thank you truly.

Dianne said...

I think your character is much more grief stricken than mine! Very powerful emotion... Thanks for visiting and commenting...

Eric S. said...

LOL, Thanks Dianne, For some reason this came right to the surface when I first viewed the picture. I'm still trying to make the correlation. At least I wasn't alone in the path I followed.

Mama Zen said...

So deeply sad!

Eric S. said...

It is isn't it. Thank you Mama Zen.

Brigid said...

Sad but beautiful at the same time, great magpie.

Eric S. said...

Thank you Brigid, it is a sad story

joanny said...

Eloquent writing, was drawn in and became seduced by your words. Fell into the fictional story captivated by the character.

Joanny

soundoffreedom said...

lines that just tug my heart..the emotions are vivid!

annell said...

I also felt the sadness and the loneliness. But I liked it!

manker said...

yikes you really are blessed with a gift here.. thank you for sharing it

amen
gp

Jennifer Morrison said...

Lovely, sad and lovely.

Helen said...

After reading your Magpie - twice - I came to the conclusion that life is so short, we have to try very hard to move on from this kind of pain. Nice writing Eric.

kathew said...

very sad indeed....and the nights are the hardest time Nicely done

brenda w said...

I love the image of sleep inaugurated with a tear soaked pillow. This is a sad and lovely Magpie. Thanks for sharing it.

Jim Swindle said...

Your words paint a powerful picture.

Eric S. said...

@ Joanny, Thank you very much. You are very gracious.

@ Soundoffreemdom, Thanks, I love trying to be vivid.

@ Annell, Thanks, it's not always easy to transmit those feeling.

@ Manker, Thank you so very much.

@ Jennifer Morrison, Thanks, the sadness was an unfortunate by-product.

@ Helen, You are so right. I have known many people who have been "caught in time" by their memories of a loved one. Thank you.

@ Kathew, Thank you, I can imagine the nights would be the toughest, longest and loneliest.

@ Brenda W, Thanks, that line was one long in coming, but well worth the wait.

@ Jim Swindle, why thank you, I consider that a wonderful compliment. It's not always easy to paint pictures using words as a pallet.

Friko said...

I am very glad the man suffering the torments of unrequited love is not you.

Eric S. said...

Thank you Friko, so am I.

Systematic Weasel said...

Wonderfully written! Excellent take on the prompt!

-Weasel

Chrissy said...

You have captured perfectly the deep unsettling anguish and pain that consumes those who mourn for a lost loved one...you portrayed beautifully how reality sweeps over them as they awake each morning and the foggy protectiveness of sleep is traded for the crushing revelation of their loss!
Wow...thank you! Great Magpie!

Lena said...

What beautiful passes of sentiments.

Stafford Ray said...

In any case, I can recommend a good shrink! Seriously Eric, how can you write so well about what you haven't experienced? No need to answer. I just needed to say again how much I enjed reading it.

Eric S. said...

@ Systematic Weael, Thank you furry one.

@ Chrissy, Wow, thank you so very much. Your compliments bring more joy than I could have hoped for.

@ Lena, thank very much.

@ Stafford, LOL, good thing I don't have to answer, because I don't know. I just imagine my idea of a perfect cohesive love, and then the thought of losing it.

Gabriela Abalo said...

I love this Magpie, so full of passion and sadness.

Very well written.

JeffScape said...

Your prose is wonderful. I'll be dropping by more often.

Eric S. said...

@ Gabriela, Thank you very much.

@ JeffScape, Thank you sir.

RA said...

A delicious read, wonderful, wonderful wording.

ninotaziz said...

This grief is too much to bear - we need a cheerful magpie soon.

but I loved it anyway!

Eric S. said...

@ RA Thank you very much.

@ ninotaziz, I know what you mean, there sure seems to be a lot of loss with this theme, LOL.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for reminding me what a lovely blog you have here, Eric




Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

signed...bkm said...

Nice images, well written, amazing now a memory can take hold of our whole life....great magpie..bkm

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent - absolutely!

Eric S. said...

@ Cloudia, No ma-am, thank you Aloha.

@ BKM, thank you, and your are so right. Memories can consume ones thoughts so very easily.

@ Tumblewords, Thank you, and I do love your moniker.

willow said...

Beautiful and heart rending. Great Magpie!

Eric S. said...

Thanks Willow, It was actually fun writing it.

Angie Muresan said...

Ah... how romantic... and sad... Yet, exceptionally well written!

www.angiemuresan.com

Eric S. said...

Thank you Angie, I have been accused of being a romantic on one or two occasions.

Jingle said...

awesome...
it reflects life on multi-layered level...
excellent style.

Eric S. said...

Thank you Jingle, I appreciate it.

spacedlaw said...

A most poignant plea.
Good magpie.

Eric S. said...

@ Spacedlaw, Thanks.

tashabud said...

I'm so touched by this. I feel for anyone feeling this way. I wish for that person to not wake up from a beautiful dream like that. Tehehe. Wouldn't it be nice if we can all go back to our beautiful dreams when we sleep and continue dreaming the same beautiful dreams?
I'd be like calling in sick to work just so I'd keep sleeping and dreaming. LOL.

Tasha

Eric S. said...

Thanks Tasha. I agree, it would be nice to stay in those fabulous sleep dreams, but life would suffer.

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