the beach: in memory of Barbara Beacham

I enjoyed my experiences participating in Barbara’s Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction prompts.

Image credit: (image provided by Joy)

For her, it was always the beach.

Toes tickled by icy wavelets. Footprints in wet sand.

Breakers racing ahead of hurricane. Ballet of migrating shorebirds against undulating horizon. Orange fingers of dawn caressing the tide’s turn.

Treasures. Discovery. Beach glass worn smooth by a thousand tides. Glinting blue, green, crystalline. Sand dollars. Sea urchins. Mermaid purses. Moon shells.

She rested her back against the beach sentinel rocks. Sun warm on face, rippling waves, bird calls. She thought for a moment, then began.

She wrote with her favourite pen in her favourite journal. She felt she had written well.

She closed the book. Closed her eyes. And listened to the million year old lullaby of the sea.


Written for the flash fiction for aspiring writers special challenge in honour of Barbara Beacham

Thank you, Joy, for the opportunity to remember Barbara in a most fitting way – a piece of flash fiction in her honour.


15 thoughts on “the beach: in memory of Barbara Beacham

  1. jacquelineobyikocha November 30, 2015 / 2:45 am

    A lovely story. She has written well and she will like this tribute. Kind regards.


    • tale weaver/ing November 30, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Yes, I think she will be missed, and feel very honoured for the people who are writing a story in response to Joy’s prompt.

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  2. summerstommy2 November 29, 2015 / 1:04 am

    A beautiful tribute dear friend, I think you have created some delightful images within your tribute….


    • tale weaver/ing November 29, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you.
      The images Joy chose seemed to say beach and Barbara together in one breath. Oceanic imagery washes us with different waves; I looked for the ones that murmured “author.”


  3. J Lapis November 28, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    This is truly beautiful, an awesome tribute–so lovely it bears repeated readings, perhaps because I’m such a sea/beach person too. Wow, so well done, Phylor. xxoo, J


    • tale weaver/ing November 29, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you.
      Joy’s choice of the beach, as I said to Michael above, brought specific images to mind. I think those who write and the sea might have natural affinities to each other. One creates a music of nuances for the other to capture in words.


    • tale weaver/ing November 29, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you so much.
      I hoped to highlight her writing skill somehow in my tribute. She was a wordsmith.

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  4. Susan November 27, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Your story was so beautiful and poetic. I cried when I read it. God Bless…:)


    • tale weaver/ing November 29, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you.
      Barbara will be missed. But her spirit will remain with those who keep her memory close to their hearts.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Priceless Joy November 27, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    This is a wonderful story Phylor. Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Barbara. :)


    • phylor December 1, 2015 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you Joy, for hosting the prompt.
      Monday will never be the same for so many people.


      • Priceless Joy December 1, 2015 / 8:04 pm

        I know what you mean. It really makes me sad to think Barbara won’t be a part of our Monday’s anymore. I always looked forward to her prompt coming in.


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