Memories of Glass Mountain – Flash Fiction Poetry - Accepting a Writing Challenge
The Challenge and the rules
A writers challenge by Bill Holland (a.k.a. billybuc)
We must have the word Mountain in our title √
We must use the 4 photo and they must be used with the story √
Short story ….flash fiction…. No word limit …. No prequel… No sequel √
We choose the genre √
Publish the finished article by September 10th √
Note to Bill: I hope you do not mind if I write in rhyme,
it is just easier for me to write in poetry.
Memories of Glass Mountain
© by Shyron Shenko
Stacy arrived at the old farm house as the memories came back to life
Both good and bad from ten years passed
When she lost her son Jay
With the memories of the mysteries buried there
In the shadows of Glass Mountain, she felt the chill of night air
Just as she had the day she went away
As she wondered, would she be able to stay?
Or would the memories of lost loves again drive her away?
Ten years ago to the day
Jay Stanton had been on death row for eight years
His son just one year old when he was sent away
For a crime he did not commit
But a crime for which he would dearly pay
Stacy arrived at the prison
On her weekly visitor’s day
To meet with her husband and both of them would pray
Jay’s execution was scheduled two weeks away
I bought a farm beneath Glass Mountain
Not too far away
It has a family grave yard, I can visit everyday
Where you can rest in peace and watch your son grow and play
She said I bought the farm dirt cheap
Because of the grave yard hauntings
From the mysteries that it keeps
And thought it a fitting for you to sleep
It has a rusty barn I hope to restore one day
And there is a rail road yard which is not too far
But we will not be disturbed by the abandoned Rails and Cars
Which is better than the cell and bar
Someday we will buy a headstone
Stacy told her son, no need Jay Junior told his mom
In the rusty old barn there is one
And when they read the words both of them was stunned
An innocent man
Is resting here today
His wrongful conviction will be overturned come the judgement day
Jay Stanton was buried in the grave yard on the farm
With just his wife and son standing all alone
The only family he had ever known
Now he would be safe at home
The day after the headstone was placed
Stacy gazed out the window
Glass Mountain looked like a great white whale
Rising out of a sea of misty clouds
Jay Junior and two friends were playing near the rusty barn
When Stacy heard the rumble and the crack
Glass Mountain had broken open and the avalanche
Buried the rusty old barn and everything else in her sight
After they pulled two small bodies out of the snow and ice
Unrecognizable from the crushing blows where the ice cut like a knife
With no report of missing children
Both children were buried in the family grave yard
Beside herself with grief Stacy knew that she must leave
And find a comforting place to grieve
She returned almost every day
To tend the house, the yard and graves
Back to reality
Back to today
Back to today and the memories
With the melting ice and snow
The rusty old barn looked like it did before
Tonight as Stacy laid down to rest
A boy knelt beside the pallet on the floor
Wake up mom!
Come on mom, come with me to explore…
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© 2016 Shyron E Shenko