Thursday, 29 September 2011

WoW - Songbird - Into my arms

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 16:
Hadge says:  Take a favorite (or even random play) song and write the story behind the lyrics, not something inspired by the lyric, but the flesh on the bones of the story. It gives lots of scope for interpretative writing. Use the lyrics or theme of a song  for a piece of flash fiction (50 to 200 words). To clarify, write your version of the story behind the lyrics in a song 

Nick Cave is an Australian musical legend and I adore his musical poetry. My piece is not his meaning of the song, but it is the interpretation I have taken from it. This song has special meaning for me so I've written a (true) fairytale with an unhappy ending.
Listen here whilst you read......
Into my arms

A blue eyed angel, just one, lived with her parents in the sandstone house on the narrow street. A good child became a beautiful woman who fell in and out of love. She studied hard, she partied hard, she laughed a lot, she loved deeply.
As she grew to know her destiny (to work for others, to have a family) fate (or God?) stepped in.
This was not to be. The cells had spoken. For her, a battle royal, a disintegration of body, a struggle of mind, a gentle swell of time before the end.
Last days spent above the perfumed garden in the arms of those who adored her, final breaths as carols chimed.
A comfort of angels fill the candle-lit sandstone house on the narrow street.


  1. I chose The Weeping Song for our first music exercise & was tempted to go with another Nick Cave song for this - the man's a genius.
    What a moving piece this is 'a gentle swell of time' - gorgeous.

  2. You managed to fit a lifetime into just a few words. Wonderfully written. Beautiful yet sad story.

  3. I'm really impressed with how much you covered in so few words, yet you didn't compromise with the quality of your writing. Such a sad story.

  4. That was beautiful. I loved the imagery!


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