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Eventual Outcome. A Billy Buc Challenge

Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Bill's Challenge

Bill Holland has given us a challenge to kick-start our muses ... to complete a poem or prose, according to the following:

"I’m going to give you three photos below. Those are your prompts. I’m going to ask you to use all three of them in your story. The length of your story is up to you, but it must relate to the photos. And yes, if you are a poet, feel free to write a poem about the photos rather than a short story or flash fiction.

That’s it! Easy Peasy!" - Bill Holland

Below is my contribution


Eventual Outcome

Opinions, opinions, opinions! Scattered thoughts

Fly across the internet like autumnal leaves.

Wounds run deep like scarlet crates, from the

Constant chatter of fake news and conspiracy theories.

Truth is not worth much these days! It lies in a container

Sealed to prevent it knocking on consciences. It escapes

From open cardboard boxes, blown about by zephyrs, or

Swept away like yellow leaves, by the broom of corruption.


The grass is always greener on the other side,

They say. Yet amidst the lush suburbs where the

Verdure of the foliage glimmer with beauty, the neatly

Paved roads and trimmed pathways, whispers of a red

Sign that says ‘Stop.’, for you’re not wanted here.


The Antagonist pushes his programme of demarcation,

Splitting the country in two … then segmented parts.

The Protagonist spins a successful web, switching the

Stop sign to ‘full speed ahead’, while the sojourners await

With bated breath, unable to tell the eventual Outcome.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 9th December, 2020

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