Smoke Signals

When he comes calling

you’ll oblige the fates

and follow;

like a moth to a flame

or a ship to the rocks lured by a mermaid’s song.

Later all you’ll wonder is why it’s unlawful to yell “fire” in a crowded theater.

What’s your sign?

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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. Oooh, gave me the chills. Nice job.
    Cindy Knapper recently shared…What’s Your Sign?My Profile

  2. Really interesting direction! My favourite line is the mermaid metaphor – a haunting image! Good job!
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  3. Loved the mermaid line. That was fabulous! Definitely time to leave when someone yells fire~ Great job on the prompts~ ♥
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  4. I love the emotions you create here, Kir :)
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  5. I love the description of an irresistible force.
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  6. I’m a huge, HUGE fan of Homer’s Odyssey so I love any reference to the Sirens. I’d be curious to know what factored into your decision to use the word “mermaid” specifically. So the overall picture I’m getting is a bad date with a really cute guy. Am I projecting too much? 😉

  7. Shudder! Good one. :-)
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  8. Love the fates, the mermaid, and the ominous ending. Stellar :-)
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  9. This one made me think of dungeons and dubloons of gold under the sea :) Nice take!
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  10. I love the fantasy imagery here. I could see it play out in my mind. Beautiful piece, Kir.

  11. Great piece

  12. Very strong theme of coming together/scattering. your poem pulsed, Kir! Nicely done!
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  13. This is lovely, Kir. I like the use of second person POV. It works so well.
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  14. Yes… sometimes you just can’t fight the siren’s call.
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