Write a story inspired by a piece of music (without using any lyrics).
Posted in Middle School on Oct 26, 2022
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“Suzanne ” by Rachel Dzengelewski
Suzanne Inspired by Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” I first saw her at a party sitting among the bohemian crowd, all skinny, all smoking, all intense with their words. She leaned forward with a glass of red wine in one hand, a cigarette in the other. She spoke as if in secret, telling them everything she knew of social injustice and political...
“Father And Son” by Jon Casper
“Listen, Cora. Can you hear it?” Julian Morgan clasps Cora’s hand and closes his eyes. The warm breeze combs the sage-green canopy of vines, their leaves rustling like applause from a distant stadium. “That’s the sound of change.”Cora’s voice clenches, as does her hand. “Why does anything have to change?”The sultry wind tosses a curtain of wavy, ginger hair over her eyes. When Julian pushes it behind her ear, he notices her freckled cheek is wet. “Hey,” he says. “Come on. You and I are fine. You know th...
“Eternity” by Mina Ramey
CW: Dealing with subjects of death, light drug use, slight strong language.Inspired by World So Cold-Three Days GraceLightning danced across the sky, and rolls of thunder shook the ground as a pale and frazzled Zeke stumbled across the grass. His feet sank into the soft earth, and rain blurred his vision, but he refused to be deterred. Zeke struggled along his path until at last, he found her. Eva lay still as the grave, not a single sign of life to be seen. The deep color of her skin barely ...
“Obliterate Me” by Devika G
CW: Some mature content and strong language Song: "Every Little Thing" by Carly Pearce “God, baby, you’re so good,” he groaned out. “I’m gonna…” he trailed off. My eyes closed of their own accord, his words stoking the fire that was already out of control for him within me. I knew what was about to...
“Suite Memories” by Swan Anderson
Jack Colby leaned back in his battered recliner and closed his eyes. How long had it been since he’d slept in his own bed? He’d gotten used to the recliner at Amelia’s bedside in the Hospice Unit at the Memorial, and found he liked it. Truth was, he dreaded going back to the bed they’d shared at home for forty-one years. He couldn’t imagine a night without her gentle breathing and comfortable cur...
“First Date” by Edén Sibello
April 25 was perfect, it was a little windy, but the sun was still out and the birds were having the time of their lives chirping along in the skies. Lucien finally got the courage to ask his crush on a date. It was nothing grand, just a simple picnic at a park, getting to know each other and stuff… In truth, he didn’t plan anything for his first date. Could you blame him? Lucien was a hopeless romantic; he never ...
“The Safest Place” by Emily Snyder
Inspired by Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" “Is daddy going to say goodnight?” My three-year old waits for my answer as I stroke his cheek with my hand. I can’t let him see me crying. “Not tonight, son.” I hear my voice tremble as I take in his expression. I try to memorize every part of this moment. His soft face and innocent eyes fill my heart with pain and joy. I pull him in for a hug and hold h...
“Sounds Of Not Silence” by Howard Seeley
The sound of my snoring surprised me, when I was startled awake, but it wasn’t what disturbed my sleep. What caught my ear was a rapping sound, echoing from a distance. “Rap, rap, rap.” Then, it stopped.Filled with curiosity, I clicked the remote, turning off the TV and dragged myself out of the recliner. Standing motionlessly, with my mouth slightly opened, I wait for the sound to return. A minute passed, when I decided I must have dreamed it and gave up on my investigation.My stomach, aroused from its slumber, decided it w...
“No Bad Deed Ever Goes Unseen” by CJ Rodgers
tw: mentions of murder, child death, rape, religious trauma, and light goreIt hadn't been too scary in the daytime. But Josie couldn't deny that it had sent shivers down her spine.Tait had thrown up, so she was at least faring better than him."What is this place?" Josie peered into a room without a door, stunned to find beds in three neat rows."A residential school." Tait had spat the words like they were poison. "A torture chamber....
“I hung my head” by Gianluca Angelucci
The thud of the gavel roaring from the towering chair of the judge presses on my chest, with the same weight of the doors of Hell closing behind me.I suppose that it will actually happen, as soon as the Grim Reaper will come and claim my soul. There in the square, where the gallows stand waiting for me, the Lone Rider will escort me to Hell, like the sheriff did to the jury house.How I got here still escapes the grasp of my understanding. My hands had known for all my life nothing but the stern touch of...
“Strange, Young, and Vaguely Inexplicable” by Grady Sullivan
What a strange, young, and vaguely inexplicable world. When she was born, the world stood that way, only it never did evolve into that completed puzzle most children can picture. Nothing, nothing ever, quite made sense. And everything, including her, remained strange, young, and vaguely inexplicable. Well, perhaps not the girl. She was peculiar, old-minded, and generally exhausting to figure out. Of course, nobod...
“Blue Canary” by Laura Jarosz
Listen, I've seen some stuff. Nothing to do but watch, really. Not a lot of chances to get out and meet people. I'm really just kind of, you know, stuck here in this outlet. I had a friend, for a while. Dan was his name. When he was little, I used to scare away the monsters under his bed and comfort him when he had a nightmare, and when he couldn't sleep, he would sit in the circle of fain...
“Entrance of the Gladiators” by A Campisi
Smiles tell your story. Smiles make friends. Smiles make everyone feel better. There is something about the upturn of the lips, those fine lines that form at the corner of the mouth, and that slight crinkle in the nose that changes a person's perspective. Smiles invite people into you to partake of a piece of you. But it's the eyes. Eyes are truly windows. They let others glimpse who you really are. A well-placed wink or eye-roll can c...
“Saturday Night” by Mo Ferdause
(Writers note: 1 night, 6 POV)Kids are a handful. I am struggling to raise two of my own lately. When I see someone with a half dozen kids at a supermarket, I laugh inside. You should've thought about going on birth control, lady! I say it quietly under my breath. I do my own thing and keep my rascals under a short leash. For the most part, they are all well behaved kids. Occasionally the little one will throw a fit if she doesn’t ha...
“My Mother's Song” by Jack Malin
Sunlight filtered in through the window. It scattered from wall to wall giving warmth to the cold, dusty air. I stood in the doorway, watching as the dust mites sparkled in the light and settled on my former belongings. My bed was situated right where it always had been. Pressed up against the far wall and wrapped in warm striped blankets and sheets. My desk was beside it, still carrying my piggy bank and white lamp. My posters were all hung up and the cloth ribbons draped around the ceiling. The window still shone on the far ...
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