A Quill Glows in the Candle Light

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As I burned the midnight candle I wondered about my subject for tomorrows sermon. Hell and damnation was always a popular subject with my congregation. For each one of them was living a life of purgatory. Their mental anguish was all too plain for me to see from my privileged position. As I looked down on them, I felt like crying in rage at my god. I often asked why did he allow such suffering. I heard the creaking of the asylums front gate, and I wondered which poor soul was entering my domain tonight, for my captive audience never left.

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  1. Joyfrida

    Gripping. Nice take on the prompt

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Joyfrida

  2. Varad

    Great take on the prompt, Michael. I loved the way the compassion of the narrator has been brought to the fore.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased to hear that. Thank you Varad

  3. Iain Kelly

    Compassion, but that last line made me think something more sinister was going on. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I thank you Iain, the story is set in a place of both compassion and sadness

  4. James

    A Clergyman in an insane asylum. Schizophrenia and religion don’t mix well since psychotics tend to incorporate it into their delusions, horribly perverting it. Oh, a Christian clergyman would probably have capitalized “God,” not only because it’s a proper name, but out of devotion.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In this asylum [I knew it well] only staff and well behaved trustees are allow to attend sunday service. You are possibly right about the use of a capital G for God, but I saw the clergyman as having lost his faith in god, hence the small g.

  5. Priceless Joy

    Wow, Mike! This is great! I loved how he referred to his church as an asylum! Great story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you PJ.

  6. Joy Pixley

    You capture the emotion very well here. I can see how having compassion for the residents of the asylum, with their dismal prospects, can be a weight on his mind – and soul – and make him question the benevolence of his god.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Joy, I am pleased the sadness came over.

  7. yarnspinnerr

    Reminds me of a short story – ‘The judgement seat’ by Somerset Maugham.
    Great take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you yarnspinnerr, I will look up that short story.

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