The World Is My Oyster – Flash Fiction

The World Is My Oyster

Annie sat with her mother on the porch of the family home on Apple Pie Ridge.  Rocking gently in the same chair where her father sat every night.  He had passed on leaving Mama alone.
 
She had driven most of the day through the Shenandoah Valley to get to the house in Winchester, VA. Nestled in the heart of apple pie country, she knew what would be for dessert.  
 
“Mama, what are thinking?”, said Annie, breaking the silence.
 
“My darling, I know you are a career-driven Civil Rights lawyer”, she looked at her daughter with a slight frown, “but when are you going to stop crying for the bleeding hearts of the world and settle down?”
 
“Oh mama, please” Annie begged. “The whole world is my oyster.  No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”


Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


Lisa from Tao Talk is hosting Prosery Monday at D'Vere Poets.
She has prompted us to write a piece of Flash Fiction or non-fiction
using this line:

"No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."

–Zora Neale Hurston, from “How Does it Feel to be Colored Me” in World Tomorrow (1928)


Image by David Mark from Pixabay 

  29 comments for “The World Is My Oyster – Flash Fiction

  1. sanaarizvi
    July 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Oh this is incredibly deep and tugs directly at the heart, Christine! 🙂 Beautiful, beautiful work done. 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      July 23, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you Sanaa! I always appreciate your kind feedback ☺️❤️🌺

  2. July 20, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Love the conversation between Mother and Daughter …. well done!!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 20, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you Helen. I’m happy you liked it ☺️💕

  3. July 20, 2021 at 9:07 am

    I loved the twist at the end–a woman of action. We need more action around the world.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 20, 2021 at 10:51 am

      We do indeed Kathryn. Thank you! ☺️🌺

  4. Christine Bolton
    July 20, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Good. I’m happy you will be safe. Look forward to reading your new work! ☺️🌺💕

  5. July 20, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Cute, clever, and Christine all start with the letter ‘C’.

    <3
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      July 20, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Aww, thanks David ☺️💕

  6. July 20, 2021 at 2:27 am

    So loved your take on the prompt, Christine. Mmm apple pie…😊❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      July 20, 2021 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Punam. I think Zora looked at life that way ☺️💕

  7. July 20, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Great use of the prompt.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 20, 2021 at 8:37 am

      Thanks my friend ☺️🌺💕

      • July 20, 2021 at 8:41 am

        You’re welcome ☺️

  8. July 20, 2021 at 12:29 am

    A great comeback to such a judgemental question 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      July 20, 2021 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Ingrid ☺️

  9. July 19, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Very nicely done Christine! I love your story… now I want a piece of that apple pie alamode!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 19, 2021 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Dwight! Apple pie coming right up ☺️

      • July 19, 2021 at 11:34 pm

        Yum!

      • July 20, 2021 at 9:02 am

        Yum!

  10. July 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Loved this take on an old phrase Christine. Great work. We are heading into a second week of lockdown here in Victoria, Australia, so maybe I better sharpen up my pen!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 19, 2021 at 11:21 pm

      Aww thanks so much! Oh poor you 😕. I am really concerned about these variants but I’m trying to keep in perspective. I’ve had flu shots and still got flu. I’ve had COVID-19 shots. No might get chat too but I won’t die. Here is the US we are calling it the Republican virus as it seems only the deniers are getting it as they think it’s fake! 😦. Please take care of yourself and enjoy the writing time ☺️🌺💕

      • July 20, 2021 at 2:55 am

        Thanks Christine. We are in a rural area with no cases but once you start letting people wander all over the place and go to large venues like football and concerts it is bound to happen. Hubby and I had our first jab two weeks ago and due for second one in October. Weather is cold, wet and snowy here, ideal for staying home and dreaming up new ideas! You take care too!

      • Christine Bolton
        July 20, 2021 at 8:36 am

        Good. I’m happy you will be safe. Look forward to reading your new work! ☺️🌺💕

  11. July 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Christine, this could be a chapter out of a book or a scene from a movie. You could build a world around it. Love what you did with the line.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 19, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I so appreciate the wonderful introduction to a fantastic lady! ☺️

      • July 19, 2021 at 10:55 pm

        You’re most welcome 🙂

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