I’m not much of one for writing prompts, but I do enjoy reading what they inspire from other writers. Such is the case with the prompt photo below that inspired Chris Hall to write “Catching Falling Leaves.”
The combination of the poem and the prompt photograph immediately brought to mind this photo of me with my two closest friends from high school. I knew I just had to read the poem aloud. (You can read the poem on Chris’s blog, luna’s on line.)
Music Credit: Migfus20
The Rest of the Story
As often happens when people move from their home town, it wasn’t long before I lost touch with Shirley and Donna. I recently learned from a friend who still lives in Enosburg that Donna died in 2014–which also brought to mind that photograph. I couldn’t fathom how someone who had been such a big part of my life growing up could have died, and I didn’t know it. The worst of it was that this whole conversation about her death took place via text message. It just seemed wrong.
When I was in graduate school, I wrote a short story about Donna, which was subsequently published in Slow Trains. The story does not end on a happy note. I can only hope that my reading of Chris’s beautiful poem will serve as a more fitting good-bye. Rest in peace, my friend.