Friday Fictioneer: The Temple Divine

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly 100-word flash fiction challenge, with a photo prompt. This week’s wondrous photo comes from Shaktiki Sharma. For more information on how to participate, or to read the other great stories in the collection, check out Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted to Purple. She herds cats every week, and makes it look easy. As always I welcome honest, constructive feedback. Please leave a comment.


© Shaktiki Sharma


The Temple Divine

“Close your eyes baby, and just breathe. Clear your mind.”

Anya sat still, her mother’s hands firmly on her shoulders. She inhaled slowly, deeply, then exhaled, trying not to think about the others.

“Now remember this: there’s all kinds of beauty, and no one is perfect. God created the deep blue ocean for one person’s heart, and a simple desert rock for another’s.”

Breathe in; breathe out.

“Every pattern–– every shade of color out there, makes someone’s heart sing. You need to look in this mirror, and see that your ebony is no less perfect than the deepest emerald green.”

(Exactly 100 words)

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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33 Responses to Friday Fictioneer: The Temple Divine

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Thank you for the meditation. Is that grasshopper real? Looks like he wants to hop into the party.
    I thoroughly enjoy reading your writings!


  2. goroyboy says:

    Thank you Dawn. Yes we all should take a look good long look in the mirror. Until we love ourselves how can we SINCERELY care for others.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dale says:

    Beautifully don! And in this day and age that is still (dammit) filled with racism, perfectly timed.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rgayer55 says:

    Well, I have taken a good look and the mirror and guess what? Someone has stolen that handsome young devil who used to stare back at me and replaced him with a grumpy old curmudgeon with bushy eyebrows.

    As for your story, Mother has wise advice.

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  5. Lovely story of empowerment, Dawn!


  6. Sandra says:

    Beautifully done, Dawn. Worth waiting for. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Dear Dawn,

    There’s so much beauty in the world and a rainbow of humans that a part of it. I wish everyone could see that. Well done, my friend.



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  8. liz young says:

    A lovely way of teaching a child to love herself.


  9. I think this is the way we have too see ourselves… but I guess it’s getting harder every year… and I have no mother to tell me.

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    • I have no mother (or father) either, Björn, but sadly, it’s not how my mother saw the world anyway. That’s why it’s fiction, right? We can create the world we need/ want/ hope for! From the mirror I’m holding, you look fantastic, and I love the way your heart and mind work… so there is that, my friend. xo


  10. plaridel says:

    i hope anya takes her mother’s words to heart and embrace her own identity with pride.


  11. Every pattern–– every shade of color out there, makes someone’s heart sing Yum! I love this line.


  12. Beautiful and so touching, I always look forward to your stories.


  13. gahlearner says:

    This is so beautiful. If only more parents were like that. Great message, Dawn.


  14. A very wise and loving mother.
    You got me in the feels with this one.


  15. Cecilia says:

    Wow, wonderful text and even more beautiful photo! As always, just great! Thanks.


  16. Amy Reese says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Dawn! I love how you layer with all the many wondrous ways of nature. What affects nature has on each of us is different and even the same things affect us in different ways. We all are creations of nature, all of us. Stunning piece!

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    • Wow! That really means a lot to me, Amy; thanks! Your feedback and encouragement are always so kind and thoughtful… I know you aren’t here every week but I love when you are! I’ve been trying to not miss any, get back into a groove… but hard, man, hard! (that’s what she said! 😉 )



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