picture it & write #34; Sylvia Said

The deadly smoke danced up towards the ceiling as if trying to escape from her crimson lips. The smell of nicotine was pungent as it seeped through the black satin gloves she wore. Sylvia didn’t know why she bothered to come on board to this cruise, it was full of hot air and nothing more. The grand hall was littered with generals, lords, ladies and other members of the elite. The men whose eyes danced in her direction blubbered with loose, deeply intoxicated smirks.

Out from the crowd a robust man caught her eye. Within seconds he advanced towards her, Sylvia averted her eyes and inhaled the cigarette deeply. “My sweet pearl, Sylvia,” The man leaned in towards her, his cheek felt like sandpaper and she could smell his abhorrent breath. “Dance with me.”

 Ermisenda Alvarez


10 thoughts on “picture it & write #34; Sylvia Said

  1. Wow. I didn’t predict that particularly dark ending. I liked your combination of storytelling and poetry. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write!

    – Ermisenda

  2. hi is mornday word be blesset;;;DOT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8

    Thoughts on to day

    God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. The greatest thing we can do is to find that purpose and live it out. We can trust his purpose in us because it is based on his wisdom and love. As long as we seek his will, we’re not going to do anything that can ultimately spoil his purpose in us. Yes, we may at times stray from the perfect channel he wants us to travel, but we never get totally out of the main channel. As long he does not abandon us, (and he promised he never would forsake us he will use us) for his purposes.


    O Sovereign God, help me discern today what my life is intended to fulfill. Thank you for loving me and promising to walk beside me every step of my life. I live trusting that you will never forsake me. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

  3. The dialogue at the beginning is really strong, Terri! I loved the first two stanzas of the poetry tremendously too! I also love the message of the whole piece, connecting the smoking with the cancer indirectly, and once again, of course… you followed Ermi’s piece impeccably.

    1. Thank you Anne!! As a smoker, I think about the cancer concerns from time to time and that’s just what struck me when I read Ermi’s prompt paragraph. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Be over to see yours soon 🙂 Hugggg

      1. I really honestly see tobacco as a demon. Undermining us. Controlling us. Stealing our lives from us. Tempting us to encourage others by our example and even with our words. I pray he lets go of you. Hugs always, either way, Terri. ♥

      2. Thank you Anne!! I quit once before and am determined to do it again. Your support is most appreciated and I agree with what you said 100%. Hugs back!!

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