Sunday, January 9, 2011

aros. ShShSu #138 ... After the feast.

Perfectly formed spheres of waste
Sustenance harvested from a sandy beach.

Evidence of life below

Small and neatly formed

The purple clownish ball
Pirouettes in my palm, tickling, as he tries to burrow to shelter and safety
Legions, with homes beneath my feet, emerge warily at low tide to harvest, then feast on minute organisms
The beach for miles around, a dense mass of marching soldier crabs
Single mindedly scooping damp sand into their gnawing maws
Leaving perfectly formed spheres of waste.

The tide turns, they retreat to their burrows. None remain.

Intrigued children, stooping to peer, touch the balls in wonder


    then shriek with horrified disbelief as parents explain

they’re walking on 


Thanks to Hey Harriet for hosting ShShSu
A Drabble is a story in 100 words. No more, no less.



Ms. Becky said...

another beautiful drabble. I love how disciplined it is - 100 words no less. having parameters can sometimes feel uncomfortable, but when it's developed as a practice? I don't think so. thanks for sharing your great image to go with your drabble!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous shadow shot! I am now a follower of yours.

My shadow shots, hope you can visit, thanks!

Hey Harriet said...

Walking poo! Haha! That's awesome! If only I could see the horrified faces of the children! A very cool photo! Enjoy the week ahead :)

Hootin' Anni said...

Almost a moonscape!!! But, but....POO?!! Oh my...gag!

Mine this week is a heron casting its shadow near the marina.

Here's the direct link

Have a great Sunday.

Sue said...

Miss Becky: Thankyou, I'm enjoying the discipline, in fact I find Drabbles an enjoyable challenge.
Chubskulit: thankyou for adding your name to my followers. It's kind of you to do so. I'll pop by when I can.
Hey Harriet: I did have fun with that imagery! I just heard the rain has intensified up there. I hope you have floaties handy.
HootinAnni: I think it's technically correct - it's what my parents told me anyway. I think we both must live near the sea.

Anonymous said...

"Small and neatly formed" - I thought you were talking about me when I read this....

I enjoyed this very creative post.

All the best, Boonie

Sue said...

Boonie, your wit brought a much needed guffaw from this shiela from Downunder. Thanks for visiting.