Fiction logo


Seasons Turn

By C. Rommial ButlerPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Lanscape with Snow by Vincent Van Gogh

The hill was steep, but not too steep for the six-year-old Dina. Papaw brought her here last year and she was scared, but he reassured her that if she held onto the front of the sled and stayed firmly seated she’d glide safely to a stop in the snowy field below after an exhilarating ride.

Papaw was a big-word user, and delighted in explaining things. She asked him what exhilarating meant and he said “Fun with a cherry on top! Like life! Sometimes it scares us, and we know it has to end, but that’s no reason not to take the leap, little lady!”

Papaw taught her that the seasons turn, and all things were renewed by giving themselves back to nature.

He also told her of their culture's funerary rite: cremation of the body, and the scattering of the ashes to the wind.

"Will your ashes be food for the wind?" she asked.

Papaw laughed and pulled her in for a big hug. "Oh, I suppose so," he replied. "We burn up the real body to signal to our Sky God that our ethereal body is ready to pass holy, and wholly, into Heaven."

When he said holy, he made a sign of prayer. When he said wholly, he made a large circle with his hands.

"Do you really believe in that stuff, Papaw?"

"It doesn't matter. The rite is for the living, the grieving, and I know it will be a great comfort to your Mamaw."

Short StoryMicrofictionfamilyFable

About the Creator

C. Rommial Butler

C. Rommial Butler is a writer, musician and philosopher from Indianapolis, IN. His works can be found online through multiple streaming services and booksellers.

Reader insights


Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

Add your insights

Comments (6)

Sign in to comment
  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    Awww, this was so wonderful and wholesome! Loved your story so much!

  • Ava Mack3 months ago

    Beautiful work and words, C!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Wisely & wonderfully written!!! Love it!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Jay Kantor3 months ago

    'C' - Van Gogh had a special way about him ~ As you do ~ 'j'

  • Gerard DiLeo3 months ago

    Simple and beautiful.

Find us on social media

Miscellaneous links

  • Explore
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Support

© 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.