The Artist

PHOTO PROMPT - © Sandra Crook

Photo copyright Sandra Crook

Juliet thought that she knew the answer. Visiting Tom’s garage provided her with all she needed. Starting with the wheels from his bike,  she dismantled almost everything that he had loved.  Then taking items from the disorder around her, she set to work. With the tools of her trade she changed them into sculptures.

Her love for him would live on. His death so young had cut deep into her soul, only time would tell if she could survive. But she would show the world that like Shah Jahan she had lost love. Regret came later.


Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built to the memory of his wife.

Rabindranath Tagore would describe  the Taj Mahal as “a tear drop on the cheek of time”.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Carolyn Page

    Sweet… and very sad. At first I though she was a scorned lover, then came the realisation. Bitter sweet springs to mind.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Carolyn. I intended to write a something quite different about this prompt, but I found my-self unable to clear the story that I posted out of my head.

      1. Carolyn Page

        I know that scenario very well.. 😉
        Some characters won’t take no for an answer.!

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    That’s a creative way to deal with grief.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, The prompt delivered the story straight away, [ I could not clear it out of my head ] so just had to deliver it.

  3. Jan Brown

    Intriguing story, and an apt description of how artists may deal with personal loss.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jan

  4. Sandra

    Nicely done, with a feel good factor.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra

  5. Dale

    What a lovely way to deal with grief and to keep his memory alive…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale

  6. oldentimes

    Death has no victory here! Move forward Juliet, through the grief to a new tomorrow!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Tomorrow is a good day to make art or in my world to write. Thank you for calling by. Mike

  7. gahlearner

    She thinks big, that’s a great tribute to her love.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I hope so. Thank you

  8. kathyd65

    I like the way you’ve handled grief. Being creative with things that belonged to the departed is a fitting memorial. Nice story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Kathy, I am amazed at how these photo prompts allow me to develop short stories.

      1. kathyd65

        I agree – having a photo topic brings focus and ideas. I also like the forced discipline of sticking to the 100 word limit. Now I need to expand my vocabulary. And how I use it to paint a picture.

        1. Michael Humphris

          I could not have put it better, Mike

  9. Lori Carlson

    Such a beautiful expression of love, loss and grief..

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