A Survivor’s Tale

Photo (c) Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

A Survivor’s Tale

Words 98

It was dark and the weight crushing.  

Life oozed out bit by bit.  

I struggled to survive, one breath at a time.

 Loneliness engulfed me. 

Oh the pain the anguish the isolation – all for what?

Doubts racked me.

Why struggle so much?

Who cared whether I lived or died?

Why not just give up?

Give in.

I tried.

Believe me, I tried hard to give up.

But I didn’t know how.

I only knew one thing.

My time would come.

And it did.

That’s my story. What’s yours?

She swayed and dipped, offering me yet another luscious mango.


Written (after eons) for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting the challenge and the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.

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62 thoughts on “A Survivor’s Tale”

  1. Oh, Dahlia, this works on so many levels. Until I read the comments, I didn’t realize it was the birth of a tree. When I reread, I could see that. But it also works as the tale of a woman in despair who has survived and shares the fruit of her experience and knowledge. The words are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Sascha for the lovely comment. I did indeed begin to write it as a woman’s struggle for survival but then it ended up as that of the tree so I am glad it worked both ways 🙂


  2. From darkness to light…. there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. “My time would come”, “And it did”, can go either ways, but “But I didn’t know how” preceding them gave away the answer!! How hard we try to survive all odds, and the success that comes out of it is always fruitful.

    Such a positive take on this pic…. Our Earth will survive!!

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  3. Well, you’re back with a bang, Dahlia! That’s a story that it was worth waiting for. Endurance of difficulties can indeed bring sweet fruit, whether literally for a tree or metaphorically for a person.

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