Three Word Wednesday, "Diversions"

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Diversions
Too many aches and pains, he thinks. Too many headaches, heartaches, upset stomachs.

“I’m a young man,” he says to the sunset, the fading spring breeze.

Life weighs heavy, way too heavy.

He picks up a stick to toss, fingers the lichen-covered bark, greenish-brown on the black of the oak branch. The new grass rustles in the wind and tickles bare feet. Above the breeze, he picks up his heartbeat, his breath, the static of blood coursing through capillaries in his ears, and is comforted by the mellow beat.

He tosses the stick and crumples into the grass to watch as blue skies, whitewashed by washboard high clouds, fire to magenta with the setting sun.

He shuts his eyes, opens them and stares into the vastness of open sky.

His retriever makes a wide arc around his prone figure and takes up a sitting position on the man’s left hip. She scans the area, opens her mouth to let her nose get the maximum scent and collapses her black, anvil-shaped head onto the man’s chest.

She sighs.

He chuckles.

“We should spend the night right here, just like this.”

Her tail beats a happy response.

13 comments:

shail said...

What a beautiful picture of man and dog!

VL Sheridan said...

Man's best friend indeed. Great atomosphere to this one.

Deborah said...

Beautiful ... I really loved this!

jaerose said...

Finding a place to rest..lie down and let your aches sink into the soil..especially diverting with a fluffy companion in tow..Jae ;)

Christine said...

Missing the quirkiness of my Dalmatian in this read, he loved sticks the bigger the better.

Old Altonian said...

What an expressive description of reflective moments - a man and his 'best friend'. They should stay just where they are, and enjoy each other's company.

Monica Manning said...

You captured the dog-man relationship perfectly. I know exactly how you feel. I love my dog, too.

The Rusty Pen said...

Awww...

What a nice visual I got from this story; a man and his best friend...lovely.

oldegg said...

I'm a sucker for dog stories so this was a great treat for me. Much enjoyed.

Ren Thompson said...

All I can do is smile :)

Nanka said...

Beautifully worded and the story paints a picture of a great understanding between man and dog in a picturesque setting!!

Fear Not the Darkness but What lies Within said...

sheilagh lee said: beautiful you could picture all of this (a man and his dog.)

Dee Martin said...

such a heavy beginning that needed a peaceful day and the comfort and companionship of a friend :)
Well said Thom!