Bluebell SSS Prompt No. 11 ~ Bubble Bravado


Bubbles make me cry . Call me silly , or even sentimental … I don't care . You will never understand it , anyway . Yes , bubbles make me cry . How can I expect anybody to understand . It doesn't make sense … to others , that is … but it makes perfect sense to me .

I remember the day . The moment when the news was delivered . I call it my bubble-bursting moment of bravado . Ha ! A facade of bravado . That's all it ever was .

My fragile "bubble-wrap" baby who will never experience … a bubble bath … the simple joy of blowing bubbles … watching the endless stream … dozens of multi-coloured bubbles … dense , packed close , jostling for space just like eager kids in the ice-cream or hot-dog queue at the local fair …

I tear my gaze away from floating bubbles . I canot bear to see the floating kaleidoscope disintegrate … so fleeting , transient … just like your existence .

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  1. Ina on September 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    You wrote this so well, about this bubble bursting, it is so sad,  but this writing is beautiful and meaningful. Big hug to you.

  2. Mindsinger on September 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    You wrote it well and we read it with deep appreciation for the fragility of life.

  3. Terri on September 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Very nicely done and so true!  Loved it.  Blessings, Terri

  4. Morning on September 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    heartfelt words, wow.
    love it.  beautiful words on a loss, 

  5. thingy on September 30, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Sigh. A very heartfelt write.

  6. Kay Salady on September 30, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I am so completely moved by what you have written. 

  7. Daily Journey on September 30, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Made me want to cry! Blessings

  8. Victoria on September 30, 2011 at 3:54 am

    This is so sad, Mish. A whole new perspective on bubbles, the fragility of existence. You have shared a deep experience and given rise to a new metaphor for me.

  9. Altonian on September 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

    What a beautiful way to be sad. 

  10. Jamie on September 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Very moving. The loss of a child, especially a baby, isn unimaginable. I like the way the bubbles both make you remember and then wish you hadn't.

  11. Marbles in My Pocket on September 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Very emotional writing. One cannot help but feel the pain it evokes. Well done!

  12. Helena (Hey! Lena) on September 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I welled up at this. How moving. And I bet there are lots of parents out there who could totally relate to this.

  13. Elizabeth on September 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    That's a whole lot of impact in just a few words. It struck a very personal note for me and it was well done, Mish.

  14. Ann LeFlore on September 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Oh so sad it is so hard fro you to look at the bubble becasue it reminds you of somoene else and their life I feel pain in this and hope that you will one day be able to look at bubbles again and enjoy them

  15. The Noiseless Cuckooclock on September 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    heartfelt, authentic and loving as well.
    thanks for making short fiction enjoyabler and hopeful.

  16. bendedspoon on September 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    So sad yet so beautiful. I like how you captured the simple joys of bubbles. Got to love while it's with us 🙂

  17. Pushpee on October 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

    life is full of bubbled experiences, some good some goes on……

  18. Isadora on October 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Gripping in it's intensity. A total opposite of the joy that some find in bubbles floating.
    Very nice, Mish.

  19. A.B. Thomas on October 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    very poignant piece

    • mish on October 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      A heartfelt thank you to everybody who stopped by and for the wonderful and positive response to this piece of flash fiction ! 🙂

  20. JamieDedes on October 2, 2011 at 6:54 am

    The juxtaposition of the bubbles – so joyful – with the element of sadness is most effective.  I like it. Thanks, Mish. Good read …

    • mish on October 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      The juxtaposition of joy and sadness always seems to work well … thanks Jamie , glad you enjoyed it !

  21. Jeanie McBain on October 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Moving, intense and very well written, I enjoyed reading this piece. 

    • mish on October 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Glad you were moved by my piece of flash fiction Jeanie ! Thanks for popping in !

  22. Bodhirose on October 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I wonderful, moving write, Michelle–very well done.
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award–you can collect here at my blog if you wish:
    I offer it as an acknowledgement of your work.  There is no obligation on your part to participate if you don't wish to.
    Gayle ~

    • mish on October 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you Gayle ! What a lovely gesture ! I am honoured ! I accept the award and will collect it a.s.a.p.

  23. Rosemary Nissen-Wade aka SnakyPoet on October 7, 2011 at 8:51 am


  24. e.a.s. demers on October 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    This is wonderful! Such tragic and beautiful imagery! 🙂

    • mish on October 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks for the thumbs up ! 🙂

  25. Ixy on October 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Oh this made me cry.  Always will, although it's searingly fresh right now.

    • mish on October 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Oh Ixy, I’m at a loss for words… thanks for popping in. Stay blessed.

  26. Angela Orlowski-Peart on October 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Written straight from the heart. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    • mish on October 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Angela… yes, it’s a heartfelt piece, for sure.

  27. Anastasia on October 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

    This sounds so sad.

    • mish on October 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      It is a gut-wrenching piece. Thanks.

  28. Blaga on October 21, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I love bubbles, I thought everyone does … but here I saw a new take on the little bubbly creatures … Well said, sad words …
    I'm sorry I've been out of my league for a long time, not a good time lately… I like to hope that I am back to normal blogging, writing and visiting others. Thank you for the comments from you on my blog!

    • mish on October 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

      I do love bubbles… but my character shies away from them… too many memories… 🙂

      I understand that work, combined with the demands of day-to-day-living, take a chunk out of one’s time… doesn’t leave much time for anything else… ah well, it’s lovely to hear from you again. Hope you find your feet and settle into some semblance of ‘blogging normality’

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