GDGC Writing Prompt

Im a day late posting Tuesday godoggocafe writing prompt. Better late then never. We’re to use the words control and undermine. Here’s my take….

She’d been through a lot in the last couple of years..

She wore her mask and let everyone think she had it

all under control.

Turned out she was a pretty good actor.

Most believed her. Those who didn’t, well, it’s

easier keeping ones mouth shut then the alternative.

Most don’t want to know the truth.

It all began with Covid.

Any strides she’d made were undermined by the

isolation and loneliness that Covid brought to her.

Until, she had to admit she’d lost herself again.

She was a shell of that person she had worked so hard to become………

Pixaby photo by mprietou

Today’s Daily Prompt: Stealth

To participate in This Daily Prompt, simply a post on your own blog that responds to the prompt. It can be words, images, anything that you like.

She stealthily made her way to their rendezvous …

As she came through to the clearing, she could see him standing there.

Hands in his pockets, he had his back to her, staring out over the lake.

Should she or shouldn’t she proceed?


Photo by Mitrey at Pixaby

Dragonfly Dragonfly

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in awhile one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.

Look! said one of the water bugs to another. one of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going? Up – up – up it slowly went….Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited but it didn’t return…

That’s funny! said one water bug to another. Wasn’t she happy here? asked a second… Where do you suppose she went? wondered a third.

No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why.

We promise – they said solemnly.

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up, he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.

When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn’t believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings…The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!

Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.

The dragonfly remembered the promise: the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why. Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water…

I can’t return! he said in dismay. At least, I tried. But I can’t keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I’ll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they’ll understand what has happened to me, and where I went.

~ Doris Stickney ~

Artist Credit : Christian Schloe

Plugging Plato … A Story Worth Sharing 

This morning’s Soul Stroll was beautiful and much needed…..I also had an alterior motive for taking off alone. I left my hubby fishing and off I went. I had made a ‘date’ with Platosgroove.  Plato has written a wonderful Story..entitled The Princess and The Dragonfly. When I read it last winter, with each passing sentence, I could feel my heart beating faster and faster. I could have sworn Plato had gotten inside my head, that he had written this story just for me. Obviously that’s not the case, but he pulled me in to his world!

The reason for this ‘date’ ?!  Plato has started an audio version of The Princess and The Dragonfly. I had all I could do NoT to listen to chapter 1 until I got to the beach. I’m so glad I waited.,it was the perfect place to sit, be still and let Plato’s voice and words take me to another place……………… pay him a visit and let yourself be taken away 😊

The Princess and The Dragonfly took me away