Winter came again last night.

The wind takes icy bites of my neck. I turn my collar against the chill, seeking help from glittering sunshine that offers no warmth.

The landscape has dressed in delicate white furs for the occasion of what is – hopefully – winter’s final farewell.

Across the snow-laced field sits a generous puddle, used by geese to swim on warmer days. Empty now, ripples of sunlight dance across its surface, reminiscent of morning light skimming across gentle waves by the seashore.

Two robins rise, defiant red balloons above the snowy fields.

I watch. My lightened spirit soars.


Written in response to the March 8, 2018, flash fiction challenge at Carrot Ranch Communications

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a balloon. It can be a party balloon or a hot air balloon. How does it add to your story? Go where the prompt leads.

Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

14 thoughts on “Uplifted

  1. You have created a really beautiful image, Lisa. I love robins. We don’t have them here, but I can just imagine the beauty of those ” defiant red balloons above the snowy fields”. Gorgeous!

    1. Thank you, Norah. I love when the robins show up – a sure sign that spring is coming. But it seems they almost always arrive just a bit before one or two last snows. That’s good, though – it helps get through these last weeks when we’re all so tired of the cold and snow.

    1. Awesome. Thank you, Eli. Sublime is such a great compliment!
      SO good to see you on here! Got your e-mail re: 6 Words and will answer this week.

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