Sylvie: A 60-word story

Born to an Italian father and Spanish mother

Her heart and soul raised in the Swiss Alps

I never realised that as a woman, I would have so much to carry on my shoulders.

Hair messy, eyes wild with laughter

It is good we came here, to mix things up a bit.

She closed her eyes, warming them in the morning sun

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Val d’Anniviers

Kyaw Thu Ra: A 60 word story

A monument that stood to house neighbourhood kids

Motorcycles and bicycles piled up

In line to play soccer

Curiosity.

He grabbed my notebook and began to draw

Our only form of communication.

Birds flying and fish swimming

Above and beyond the boats of Inle

Thanaka gleamed on his cheeks

He held up his fingers to show his age

Ten.

 

Lena: A 50 word story

A shift from the corporate world

To trailing spouse

Opened her eyes to new ways of being

I no longer aspire to have that big career.

Her life at a crossroads

The creation of new community in each location

I think ‘coming home’ was the toughest transition of all.

 

 

 

Roadside

Her finger shook as she laughed

Weight of life being carried

on her head

like bananas.

The colourful wrapper

camouflaging

her bones.

Wrinkles and creases

smiling

Present in the now.

Does the old pain

disappear

with time?

 

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