Cold in Twilight

Another cold winter in Vermont with snow halfway up the house wasn’t putting any smile on Leila’s face, not this year. Brown Swiss in the barn needed milking and her boys were doing their best to help and tend to their own families. Tom, her husband had taken a fall and a broken leg takes a while to recover. Neighbors came with snowblowers and tractors. Food appeared from nowhere. She was grateful, but money was scarce and her energy and faith seemed spent just as fast.

All her life she loved farming, She never minded the cold. Always said it ripened you up real good for the rest of the year. But today she felt overdone, freezer-burned. Her eyes flickered with the flames in the fireplace and for a moment in the arid air she said aloud, “A cow is screaming across the Arroyo.” Another Prosery. A fictional prose of 144 words or less with a line from a poem incorporates into it. (I always opt not to participate, and then I do). This line is from the late Jim Harrison, poet, novelist, essayist.

“A cow is screaming across the Arroyo.”

It is exactly 144 words.



About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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8 Responses to Cold in Twilight

  1. kim881 says:

    The opening paragraph full of detail sets us up well for the given line, Mary, and evoke sympathy for the main character, who seems to have come to the end of her tether in the second paragraph, feeling ‘overdone, freezer-burned’ – such effective words.

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  2. This is a powerful write.


  3. In the end it seems like there is only that scream left in her life… such a strong image of hardships.


  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice comparison of energy and faith: “her energy and faith seemed spent just as fast.”


  5. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    Weighed down, the ending doesn’t liberate her either. Somehow, though, because of your backstory, I think she will rally and tackle what needs to be done. But she will have to dig deeply!


  6. I really really like the freezer-burned line – so apt on more than one leveland I doubt anyone else has thought of it. Good story.


  7. Truedessa says:

    The winter can be harsh and full of hardship, no wonder she was feeling freezer-burn.


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