Monday, January 12

Out of the Shadows

This is a story that I wrote a few years back. I happened upon it today and thought my readers might enjoy it. Any positive feedback is most appreciated.

Out of the Shadows

Old Ezra shuffled along the alley, a paper sack clutched under one arm. His body was lean and gaunt. Years on the street had aged him twice over.

A pigeon flew from the eaves overhead, startling him. Pigeon! Ezra's mind wandered back in time. A blonde-haired girl of three climbed onto his lap. She had been his Pigeon. He called her that after the day they'd gone to the park and she'd wanted to stay and live with the pigeons.

Ezra sauntered across the street, down the embankment by the dam and into the shadows of the bridge. He came to a flat rock, sat down and hunched his back against the biting wind. It was bloody cold, that was for sure.

Ezra pulled the bottle from the bag, broke the seal and guzzled the whiskey. He pulled a dog-earred photo from his pocket. Pigeon smiled out at him. He swiped a tear from his cheek. Life was like a deck of played the hand you were dealt. When pigeon died, a part of him had died with her.

Ezra continued to drink into the wee hours of the morning. When the whiskey was gone, he pulled out a bottle of rubbing alcohol. He looked bleary-eyed at the skull and crossbones on the label.

"To you ol' buddy," he mumbled, then took a long drink from the bottle.

Ezra slept. His dreams took him to a lush meadow. Pigeon stood in a patch of wildflowers. The sun was blinding. A blanket of peacefulness enveloped him...a serenity that he had never felt before.

Pigeon came toward him, arms out-stretched. Ezra didn't hesitate. He stepped out of the shadows and into the light. He was with his Pigeon once more.

I hope you enjoyed this very short story. Sometimes my mind just wanders into a different realm and I jot down the happenings of where my imagination takes me.

Have a great week and be sure to stay warm. They are predicting that we will have a deep freeze for a day or two. Temperatures will reach minus 30 degrees Celcius with the windchill. Be careful and stay safe. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. What a beautiful story. My mind also does this. I call it channelling.
    Love and Light,

  2. Great story,I like the new look,hugs my friend.

  3. I think the story is great. You do a good job of describing things. I could picture Ezra. I like your new look too!

  4. Mary, You are amazing....a gift you certainly have....

    Please come by for an award...Betty

  5. That is a beautiful story~You must have a gift for writing.
    Keep warm and cozy!

  6. Oh Mary, I so enjoy the way you write. Such a poignant story and I could picture it all in my mind.

    I LOVE your new blog decor, it's beautiful! Anni is so very talented and she's so special to share that talent with us:-) I need to start working on my own Valentine header soon!!

    I heard on the news that we're getting that deep freeze starting tomorrow. Hibernation sounds better and better every day! lol Stay warm my friend! xoxo

  7. wow Mary, why aren't you an author? God has obviously given you a talent. Thanks for your comment about my dog. I must add that she doesn't actually bite us, she's a sweet well behaved little thing for us at home but around other people she's a terror. I've pinpointed it to self defence but hopefully the trainer can help me tomorrow - I"ll let you know what happens :-)

  8. I'm sure this haunting story will stay with me for a long time, Mary.

    Love your new look! Anni did a great job for you.

    We're supposed to get some colder temps too, but nothing as frigid as you'll be dealing with. Y'all stay warm and safe. :o)

    Love and hugs,


  9. I did so much love the story. I made a beautiful Valentine yesterday!!!! Thanks so much for your kindness!!!! .....Mary

  10. It's a touching short story, Mary. Ya done good.

  11. Mary
    First I must say Hootin Anni did a wonderful job on the header and background.
    Wow, that was a deep thinking story. Now you have to give us a happy short story. Hint hint
    Peace be with you and keep warm.

  12. Mary I love this story! I hope you had it published somewhere because it is really good!

  13. First of all I love your new look on your blog! ANd the story was great... I always like short stories!

    Love, Jess

  14. Beautifully written, but sad and poignant!

  15. I like the look of your blog. I love to write, too. Keep up the good writing and you're get published some day.

  16. Mary, I love your stories.

    The weather here warmed up for a few days and during that time we received almost 30 cm of snow. Now we are back into the deep freeze for the next couple of days.

    Stay warm.

    God bless.

  17. This is a beautiful story you are very gifted with your writing...
    I also love your blog look for valentines day...
    I am thinking about you as your temperatures fall so low...
    stay warm!!!

  18. Kind of a bitter sweet story. I loved the vivid least it was this way in my mind. How sad...he did take his life didn't he? How sad to miss someone so much you would rather die than live.
    But it was good Mary....I'll have to look and see if I can find some of my old stuff. I haven't written in so long.
    I think I need to be relaxed to let my mind drift with imagination. It has been too long.
    Hope you are staying warm. We are getting a little snow and in the next few days they say we are going to get some of your air. Temps in the low teens here are unusual.

  19. Great story.... You could actually see him in his sorrow......and you could see him set free..........

    You are good girl.......