A Man's Desperate Search for the Life He Used to Know
“A gripping tale about the quest to courageously conquer the unforeseen.”
In the darkness, a muscular figure sluggishly slumped down from the horse to form a solid lump that camouflaged into the rocky terrain. The clouds overhead angrily thundered, roared in the sky, and then rapidly traveled ahead. The man longed for rain to quell his thirst but the sky's heart was as stone and withheld its refreshing raindrops. The midnight as a dark cloak covered the man, which provided him comfort and a safe refuge. Paranoid of being seen in such a humiliating state, the man reluctantly dragged himself under the protection of the tree as the lightning flashed directly above him. The gray clouds swelled to its capacity and could no longer contain the raindrops. To his delight, massive raindrops fell from the sky as if rushing to preserve his life.
Despite his anguish, he fondly remembered his blissful childhood days before the land became overwhelmed with corruption and sorrow. In an almost dreamlike state, he began to relive a childhood memory to relieve him of his troubles. The landscape suddenly transformed from its bleak deathlike environment into a vibrant scene of rolling hills and jubilant rivers. Angry thunder was replaced by the melody of birds and a calming breeze replaced the arid temperature. The array of colors in the sky during sunrise matched the radiant variety of wild flowers that grew in the meadows. He peered in the distance and gazed upon his childhood sweetheart, Madeline, as she gracefully twirled around in the meadow. He picked vivid red flowers to match her crimson flowing dress and presented them to the girl. She playfully giggled then said, "Ewww", and tossed the flowers up, prancing away which crushed his heart. The boy neatly gathered the flowers and gave them to his mother who gratefully and enthusiastically accepted them. Oh Wayne ... how sweet! I can't believe I raised such a nice young boy", she swelled with appreciation. This made a lasting impression on Wayne, who from now on would always present the broken pieces for his mother to mend. Now without her, he took a second to bitterly reflect on her mysterious disappearance.
Photo Credit: Flickr: Milomingo: Brooding Desert Sky
Photo Credit: Flickr: Martin LaBar: Red Poppy Seed
I hope you enjoyed my piece! This man's literal journey is a symbolic parallel to my and many other's rocky journey.