The Collection: Disappearance

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch ( ) was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) flash piece on a disappearance, whether obvious or not. To read all of them, check out the Blog tab at the website.

This pedometer geek writer wrote the following story:

Short Life, and Then

They were already disappearing, not to been seen for another year.

Per usual, they were first seen in the church’s landscaping in white, yellow, lilac, and deep purple, and then soon after, some appeared in neighbors’ flowerbeds as well as ours. The last to pop out were protected by its location, overshadowed by other plants.

Seemingly delicate little flowers, but resilient enough to withstand the last blast of winter’s snows and its yo-yoing temperatures, crocuses bring hope of the spring to come. Lasting but a few days, their staggered blooming lifted the spirits of those ready for warmer weather.

~Nancy Brady, 2022

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to The Collection: Disappearance

  1. Jules says:

    Ah – I just read this at the collection this morning. 😀

    Ah… spring. Finally, maybe?

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    • We can only hope. Knowing that crocuses will be blooming get me through winter. I’m back at work at my seasonal part-time job and I am way behind. In fact, I haven’t written this week’s prompt about ducks eating lunch nor submitted to Haiku Dialogue or sent in my membership dues to Procrastinators Anonymous yet. All are due today, of course…well not the dues to PA! 😉

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  2. I think it was in the newsletter that hasn’t yet been sent out, JP. 😉


  3. SueSpitulnik says:

    Nan, Seeing crocuses always makes me smile, gives me a remembrance of my aunt who buried them all over her yard, and also a sigh that winter is on its way. Thanks for the visions.

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    • Sue, I tried planting them all over our front yard as I wanted them to be a surprise each year. The first year they came up and bloomed, but after that, nothing. Now, the crocuses are planted in the flower beds and the wildflower garden because I need that color as winter comes to a close and that spring is on the way. Do your crocuses bloom in the fall? ~nan


  4. Norah says:

    That’s gorgeous, Nan. The crocuses seem to herald spring.

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