“Seeds of Dissolution”


(Photo: copyright by Adam Ickes)

Stan glanced at the tattered photo of a boardwalk leading to a red-roofed pavilion. He’d taken it the day he’d met his wife on a bird-watching expedition. They’d returned each fall to record new entries in their log books and celebrate their chance meeting.

For the first time, he noticed a stray weed snaking onto the once pristine boards of the now overgrown, irreparable walkway. Ironically, he realized the story of the boardwalk echoed that of his marriage: unnoticed, the seeds of dissolution had crept in, compromised the framework and eventually destroyed all but his memories of a better time.

(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. March 14, 2015.)

This entry was posted in Flash Fiction, Micro Fiction, Poetry, Short Fiction, Short Story and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

17 Responses to “Seeds of Dissolution”

  1. JackieP says:

    Poor guy. This was sad, but good.

  2. K.Z. says:

    a very sad story but the comparison was brilliant. 🙂

  3. billgncs says:

    Sad one VB – maybe he will garden better in the future

  4. Nice concept of linking the two! I too was drawn to that weed sneaking into the otherwise perfect shot.

  5. Sandra says:

    Another great allegory VB. A little weeding and watering goes a long way in a relationship.

  6. Apt and well-constructed metaphor for marriage, vb. A tale to heed.


  7. JudahFirst says:

    A poignant moment … and a reminder that relationships take work. Thanks for this.

  8. I think you paint a sad but realistic development of how it goes way too often.. the way he compares the photo to the reality works great as a paralell….

  9. great story and great metaphor.

  10. Dear VB,

    If we don’t work at it those little weeds can creep in without our notice until they grown into shrubs. Wonderful analogy.



  11. atrm61 says:

    What a fantastic analogy Vb !Sad that many of us fall into this trap and forget that any relationship,including marriage needs nurturing -or as you said weeds of discontent creep in and soon even the memories of a better time also start fading.Loved the sweet touch of romance in the first half-well written:-)

  12. A nice reminder to watch out for those weeds

  13. Good, well-written story, though sad. A warning that relationships need care also.

  14. Nan Falkner says:

    So well written, and so absolutely sad – but well put. Thanks, Nan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s