Rebuilding the Ruins

It was a beautiful place, the green of the forest cradling the charred remains of the house, the steel beams that would have held it up under the worst of earthquakes still standing. The birds were chirping quietly overhead and there were squirrels and other wildlife moving through the ruins.

She looked up at it and remembered the laughter of the people who had lived there. The sound of children wrestling in the backyard and the smell of the food being cooked in the kitchen.

“You’re gone now, I have accepted it,” she whispered to the trees, “But that doesn’t mean I can’t rebuild.”

image: courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, taken by Johann H. Addicks – used under the Creative Commons Agreement

Inspired by the Light and Shade Challenge.



About martha0stout

I like to read and write and hang out with my family and friends. I currently live on a farm and all that such a living entails.
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12 Responses to Rebuilding the Ruins

  1. Nicely penned, Martha…nostalgic…again, you describe the atmosphere so beautifully.


  2. Lovely and determined words at the end . Great descriptions x


  3. Ally says:

    lovely nostalgic piece, enjoyed



  4. Tara R. says:

    Very hopeful. It would be so easy to be defeated with such a catastrophic loss. Nicely done.


  5. Pingback: Beams in Place | martha0stout

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