Friday, 14 June 2013

Flash! Friday: The Lady of Shallott

It’s too late…the gentle breeze sighed through the aspens and rippled out across the water, and the prophetic words echoed in her soul. The flame flickered and the candle snuffed, and a spiral of wispy smoke rose. The knot in her belly tightened, and the chain slipped through her fingers as a sigh murmured on her lips. 
“Camelot…” she breathed and her bosom rose and fell. 
She sank into the warmth of the embroidered quilt, and as the wind awakened, billowing about the prow, moving the little boat, the lady and her soul fell asleep for the remainder of time. 

(100 Words)

Written for Flash! Friday challenge, 100 words exactly on Waterhouse's famous painting. If you want to know more click the link below the painting, and find Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Lady of Shallott' here.


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  2. So beautiful, Lisa. Waterhouse is my favorite artist and his paintings evoke such rich romantic emotions. You captured this so well in 100 words. I love this image: "a spiral of wispy smoke rose."

  3. Thanks Sophie! I love this painting, and I adore his Ophelia too So delicate and beautiful!

  4. Having never seen (or heard of this. . . .please don't judge) I have researched for my piece to gain understanding. And wow. You have captured every detail of the painting and her plight in such wonderful imagery and in only 100. Beautiful and breathtaking. xx

    1. Thanks Lizzie, I've always been an arty crafty person, so Waterhouse was on my radar long ago...but does it matter when these gems come to light? Not really...and I loved your piece too!