Poetic Mapping: Walking Into Art

Friday Fictioneers  Photo Prompt  Dolphin by Jean L Hays 20 December 2013Every Friday, from around the world, writers gather at the virtual fireside of  Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, inspired by a photograph and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. This week’s photo is courtesy of Jean L Hays.


La Vie en Bleue

“What’s that fish, mommy?”

I was observing, through the blue bits of the glass dolphin embedded in the door, the rippling apartment building opposite.

“It’s a dolphin. Dolphins aren’t fish.”

Is a fish!”

At the bottom of the building, red plastic traffic cones contorted.

“Dolphins are like humans.”

Looks like a fish.”

“Dolphins have warm blood, lungs. Fish blood’s cold, they have gills. Dolphins have babies. Fish lay eggs.”

“Will I have babies?”

What was I talking about? Dolphins were fished to extinction when grain crops failed globally. She’d never have babies.

“Cellar, now. Magnetic storm coming.”

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