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Ebony Winter

Confirmation, adrift

By Lamar WigginsPublished 2 months ago Updated 4 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
Lost dreams Dall-E

It doesn’t snow here anymore. It hasn’t for decades. Not since mama used to wash clothes by hand until her fingers bled. Not since I realized that life gets harder with every twist of the knife.

Agony persists when your thoughts have nowhere to go, that's how I see it. Reminds me of a lesson my father once taught me. He said, "Irvin, trouble is easy to get into, but hard to get out of." He was right. Even if it was the only moral preaching he ever proffered me, it spoke every time I ventured down Main St in search of a lady. Filthy girls, but they served a purpose. She needed clothes on her back, and I needed to fill a void of my own making. Long story, maybe another time...

Last week I saw the clouds make a face, a smiling one. Ominous and foreboding it felt. God was laughing at me. I took a break from sweeping the porch and sat in the rocker to watch. In my sixty-three years, I have never seen a face in the sky. She was beautiful. I took my hat off and placed it over my heart; I never stopped being polite. I walked off the porch before it drifted past the house. In that moment, a single snowflake landed on my cheek. It readily melted and rolled down my muddled face. Suddenly, I no longer felt unimportant. I felt blessed. It was 80 degrees out that day.

Irvin Dall-E


About the Creator

Lamar Wiggins

Creative writer in the Northeast US who loves the paranormal, fiction, mystery, articles and the occasional poem. Take a chance, you'll be thoroughly entertained.

"Life is Love Experienced" -LW


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  • Lisa santosabout a month ago

    Love your way of capturing readers I always want to read more Great work 🙌

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    I agree with Shirley, she said it all. This is so poignant and heartfelt. Your heart really resonates within your stories. So vey wonderful. Kudos TS.

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    You have a great way of capturing a your creativity .

  • Congratulations on your Top Story Lamar. Great work as always.

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Read before Lamar, but congrats on your leaderboard placement for this piece! 😊🎉🎉👏

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Fabulous!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Gerard DiLeo2 months ago

    Very nicely packaged between the snow (or lack thereof). Nice.

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    The character development in this one is absolutely brilliant, Lamar. You packed a punch with every sentence. Great work and a belated Congrats on the Top Story!

  • L.C. Schäfer2 months ago

    This one is intriguing, and what I love most is how every line is doing so much heavy lifting. A deftly painted canvas in a few economical strokes 😁

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    Lamar- I absolutely loved every single line. Such a gripping short with truly incredible imagery! That snowflake! What an impactful piece!

  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    Fantastic imagery and story Lamar. The contrasts within and without are powerful. Congratulations 🏅

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Beautifully done -Your characterisation is so on pointe! Loved this! And congrats on Top Story! 🤍

  • Jay Kantor2 months ago

    My L-bro ~ No ones 'Laughing' at you ~ J-bro

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Raymond G. Taylor2 months ago

    Beautifully written Lamar. Congratulations on a deserved TS

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    This is fab. I want to know more about Irvin's life now. That window you opened for him revealed a jewel. ❤

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Such a full vignette, nicely done.

  • Merridith Evans2 months ago

    Nicely done, Lamar. Heartfelt and honest. It’s wonderful to think that a simple snowflake could inspire so much. ☺️

  • Fantastic Writing 📝 and Congratulations on your Top Story🎉✌️

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is great, Lamar. Congrats on the TS.

  • Micheal Chinedu2 months ago


  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Lovely nuanced micro Lamar! Congrats on your top story!! 😁

  • Macy Dennis2 months ago

    Beautiful Writing

  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    Congratulations Lamar! Well deserved top story! Excellent character building. Irving is eery yet poetic. ❤️

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