Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: A Gorgeous View #amwriting #flashfiction

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Barbera Taylor


This city makes me dream of better things. From this view, it’s a paradise of skyscrapers grazing the winter sky. The windowed buildings glint in the sunlight. The light causes them to gleam, despite their varied shades of colour. There is a blue-green skyscraper fading into dirty brown, and other skyscrapers which are variations of grey and black. Some of the older buildings are a dull sandstone and ivory marble. 

Each building is unique. Certain buildings are modern and geometric and certain buildings are tall with pointed tops. Other buildings are layered, flowing down like ancient ziggurats, while other buildings are of a more recent era in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century. They’re the prettiest buildings, their historicism copied using the lovingly designed architecture of late gothic and early-Renaissance cathedrals.

I call this city my home but I hardly gaze at it from this view. The snow lies as delicate white lace beneath my booted feet and I think, such beauty we have here.

Yet, in this beauty of skyscrapers, snow, and sunlight shimmering, they’re few places to rest for an aged homeless man.


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.

37 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: A Gorgeous View #amwriting #flashfiction”

  1. You gave every building it’s unique identity with your descriptions Mandi. I love how you begand with the description of what seemed like the perfect place and then ended with the sad old man. Loved it.

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  2. Despite being homeless and living alone amidst that concrete jungle, he still can see the beauty that most people are too busy to stop and appreciate. There is a tinge of sadness in this piece but I can’t help but smile with the man’s optimism. I’m sure that when night comes and all he has is a cold pavement to sleep with, his eyes will see through the moonlit sky and over the glittering stars. For he’s a man with good eyes and vision. 🙂 Great inspiring piece, Mandi!

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    1. Thank you PJ. Yes, when I looked at this picture the view really struck me. It’s beautiful how the sun reflects on the buildings. But it is a sad kind of beauty in they end, if you can’t find home in somewhere you love. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. I always worry about the homeless when the weather turns cold, or blisteringly hot, like it gets where I live. I hope this guy finds shelter. Great story, I loved the descriptions.


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