Eternal Heart


Bedelia sat by the window where the slipping sun shot through her prism, splashing rainbows on walls and ceiling, and mused softly: “which is eternal—love, or the heartache it holds?”

She held the Victorian watch, fingered the sterling scrollwork which resembled ocean waves, and thought of him…

He’d seen her sitting in the dark, the whispering palms and surf behind her, moon glow lighting silent silver streams that slid down her cheeks.

“What is it, Love—tell me,” he’d spoken tenderly, his matinee idol face in shadow…

Etched like scrimshaw on eternal heart, forever ago…was it true memory, or merely recurrent dream?

Closing her eyes she could feel his hand, warm and smooth against her cheek…real as fading prism rainbows.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.

29 thoughts on “Eternal Heart

  1. Oh Rhen this is so beautiful. So enduring and moving. I wish you would try and publish in a magazine. Of course it may not be something everyone wants but your short stories like this one and your poetry is so lovely. I have not harnessed the ability to write short stories. My stories are very long. However you definitely have the gift. I just love this short story. Love you my sweet sister in Christ. 😘🌸🌺❤️🙏 Joni

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    1. Thank you for your always lovely and generous compliments, Joni!! I’ve found that doing the 6-Sentence challenge over the years since 2011 has helped me be less wordy in my writing–not always of course, but I’ve improved greatly 🙂 Thanks again–God bless you HUGELY ❤

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    1. Thank you for your generous comments–I dare not try to characterize Bedelia’s story, as I don’t know what’s going to be revealed until I get the next week’s prompt word 🙂


  2. Beautifully and poetically written! A SSS that draws one back to read it several times just feel the impact of the lines again.


  3. A beauty, Rhen. Reading it was like being plunged into a heartbreaking classic love film. Black and white. But with those shots of rainbow colours! The words are striking and detailed, it’s as if you painted them on canvas. Bravo, bravo!


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