Ghosts by Gabriela Marie Milton #flash fiction #short prose #poetic prose

Edvard Munch, Weeping Nude, Public Domain

Ghosts by Gabriela Marie Milton

I spend most of my time in the house. I rarely write anymore. I remember what you once said, I believe you were quoting: Culture has become a demonstration of nothingness. It moves with a terrifying speed in direct proportionality with our appetite for fame.

Three times a year fleshy, peachy roses are still being delivered. They have my name on.  It happens mid-day, at the exact time when I take sedatives before immersing myself in a bath infused with scented Dead Sea Salt. Dried flowers float in the water. They stain my skin. They make me think summer by our lake: scents of blue irises; somnolent movements of algae.

Nights are cruel. No nightingales. Tree branches hit the master suite’s windows even when the air is soft like the breath of a new baby.  Half-naked, lying on the sofa I think Wuthering Heights. Catherine’s ghost knocking on the window. In the dark, Lockwood pushing his hand through the glass. Her cold hand. Her voice. She wants to get in.  

Inscriptions: Catherine Heathcliff; Catherine Linton…  

I kneel and scratch your name under the frame of every bedroom window. I wait.

The windows start rattling. I pick the middle one. I push my hand through the glass. Pain. The warmth of my blood. The ferocity of wounds. Voices coming from the gooseberry bushes.


Come in my love […]

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author
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138 thoughts on “Ghosts by Gabriela Marie Milton #flash fiction #short prose #poetic prose

  1. Absolutely gorgeous (y cerrado con broche de oro) a most engaging piece which I thoroughly devoured. All the best Gabriela and a lovely Thursday “Middle of the Week” to you! 🌺🌹😊

    1. And I devoured your words 🙂 Are we in some kind of banquet room? Some times my imagination knows no limits 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words and have a wonderful “Middle of the Week” too.

      1. Eating…good food…is always a pleasure, as is reading something you have written Gabriela, let the banquet continue, now bring on the wine! Cheers and a lovely day!

    1. C. Jean, I love you hon. Thank you so much for your kindness and your support. Thank you for the praise.

  2. The way you describe the evenings is so hypnotic with such description. So beautifully vivid, I can see the dead flowers floating in the water and you carving your name. Amazing writing, big hugs, Joni

    1. Thank very much you honeybun. I am glad you enjoyed the piece, Thanks for the hugs too. Right back at you 🙂

      1. Thank you so much hon. Have a beautiful weekend.

  3. We should all learn to get out with only two lines that needs a light buff. The near complete lack of useless words in this is more than commendable, it’s exemplary. And refreshing. Thanks for not being one of “those” internet writers. You’re one of those rare stops where words still matter, and go BAM.

  4. Such haunting and visually detailed writing, dearest Gabriela! You set your stage with the grace and finesse of a seasoned houseman, who takes pride in his work and everything is in its place… place carefully so that it is perfect. Passionate, you direct our eyes to your tiredness, your loneliness, your sea salt bath… We feel the anticipation, alongside of you… and the finale, is both painful and somehow soothing.. your anticipation met…with a visitor who rarely makes an appearance.. Oh . I was captured from start to glorious finish!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my dearest Karima. You warmed my heart. Sending you love and huge hugs. Have a wonderful weekend hon.

  5. The conclusion is felt deeply – the pain and kind of a relief. I am drawn in, immersed fully in the experience until I get there, an inner feeling experience of your beautiful writing, so exquisitely created.

    1. My goodness, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful words. You are an angel. Lots of hugs to you.

    1. Michele, my dearest, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am humbled by your praise.

  6. Mesmerizing. I was one with these words. They wrapped their arms around me leaving me feeling breathless. I want both more and less. How is that possible? Beguiling, Simply beguiling. xx

    1. Nancy, sweetheart, thank you so much. Your words are music to my ears. i hope your day is beautiful and filled with love.

  7. Culture has become a demonstration of nothingness. It moves with a terrifying speed in direct proportionality with our appetite for fame. So true, so well said.

  8. Wow Gabriela!
    How do you write like this?! I’ve already read it a few times and it truly penetrates deeper each time with such deep penetration of pain and love all wrapped into one that plucks at my heart strings. Brilliant. (shhhhh I still wish I could write like you … now quiet my love … no scolding ..hahaha !) ❤️

    1. My dearest Cindy, good morning and thank you for your wonderful words. You writing is gorgeous hon… Love you.

  9. This is wonderful, Gabriela! I love Wuthering Heights and this captured the spirit and added something of your own. Love it! ❤️ 🩸 🌹

  10. It touched my soul, Gabriela! So beautifully written! Wuthering Heights was my favourite book for a long time.

    1. Thank you so much Virginia. I am really glad you liked the piece. Have a beautiful Sunday hon.

    1. Navin, my dearest friend, your kindness and your support leaves me in tears. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Sending love and hugs.

      1. You’re welcome, dearest Gabriela…have a lovely Sunday…much love & hugs ✨❤️💫🤗

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful comment. It means a lot.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Feelings don’t make sense all the time and they probably should not 🙂

  11. A gorgeous write, Gabriela. Your words, and the imagery and feelings they evoke are always glorious. Today, they leave me breathless. xoxo

    1. Good evening my dearest Jeff and thank you so much for your praise. I am deeply grateful for your kindness and your support.

  12. God Almighty, beautiful Gabriela. I read this twice. Once again: transported. Your poems are films, other worlds. This completely wrapped me up and whisked me away. I’m left with longing….a heavy heart….sighing. You have such a blessed gift of soul speaking. Thank You. Sending SOOOO much LOVE Your way!!! 🤗❤️😊

    1. Katy, thank you from the bottom of my heart hon. Every word you wrote means the world to me. It makes my evening much more beautiful. Sending you plenty of love and huge hugs 🌺🌸❤️🌹🤗🌺🌸

      1. My absolute pleasure, Beautiful Gabriela!!! AH!!!! Smiling so big!!! Thank You! Sending plenty of Love and huge hugs right back!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Aw… thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am truly humbled by your words.

    1. Thank you so much hon. You are wonderful. And thank you for tagging me on IG. For the moment I cannot see anything on IG and I cannot reply to anything because I don’t want to give them my broth date. Still taking about 😊😊😊. Have a beautiful weekend 🌹

    1. Thank you Dawn. I am thrilled to hear that. Have a beautiful weekend 🌸🌺

      1. Did you get me comment on your post? If not, I may be in the spam folder 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Stacey. I am glad you like my piece. WH is a great book indeed ❤️

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