No Lifeguard on Duty {Write on Edge, Studio30Plus, Trifecta)



Feet and feelings shuffling, yearning for purchase, finding, instead, a shifting shoreline underneath me.

This is you and me, stuck in the muck of goopy wet sand, awkwardly sidestepping the jagged edges of beautiful seashells, while the salty ocean swirls around our ankles.

Standing side-by-side, our hands never touch until it is time to rescue one another from tilting, faltering and falling into the churning waters. Then we reach, in an act of innate survival, using the leverage of commonality to right each other.

Reality suspended.

Fingers fumble.

I know there is no grace in neediness or tear-streaked cheekbones, but I let my eyes fill anyway, ready to blame the sunbursts tickling the waves for their glistening.


Write on Edge

Write at the Merge offered us two songs about the



Trifecta asked us to use the word:

: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic

: a pleasing appearance or effect : charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>

: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing




offered two word prompts: 

I chose to use NEEDY.


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About Kir

Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Lady. You have such passion in you… I just hope your life meets your passionate needs. <3

  2. This is so beautiful. It is a story, but it is also a truth, a journey if read is being told through metaphor.

  3. What a gem of a piece Kir-the ending just gets embedded in one’s soul!So glad to be back with you all after 3 months-hope all is well with u and your cute twin bundles of joy :-)

  4. Oh my! I can picture this scene in my head. It is perfect.

  5. This is breathtaking, Kir! You set up the scene so vividly, and the emotions are palpable. Lovely, lovely piece!

  6. This one grabs you and doesn’t let go. I love the sea analogy.

  7. You “do” romanticism so, so well. I love the imagery!

  8. I can feel myself in this piece. Sinking in the sand, searching for a steadiness. I’m just looking for someone to grab my hand 😉

  9. Perfect. Just. Perfect. Tight, real. It’s one of those pieces that so beautifully puts into words something that seems intangible, making me say, “Yes. That’s exactly what it’s like.”

  10. What a great combination of all the prompts, while pulling us in deeper with your undertow of meaning. Kir, I especially loved your final blaming of the sunbursts in their beckoning. How true, how true.

  11. This is sensuous without being sappy and touching without being trite. Though i love the photograph, the picture you painted with your words was exquisite.

  12. Absolutely beautiful.

  13. Brilliant metaphor, Kir! I love it.

  14. Shoot, Kir! You nailed it. This is great writing. Thanks so much for linking up. Don’t forget to head back to Trifecta to vote.

  15. Beautiful, touching and emotional scene.

  16. That’s lovely! :)

  17. KymmInBarcelona says:

    It’s hard to be graceful on a shifting shoreline!
    Lovely piece, Kir!

  18. Love your descriptive. It paints a picture.

  19. I really liked this.


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