Hope & Belief

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PHOTO PROMPT © Carla Bicomong


PHOTO PROMPT © Carla Bicomong

Sia counts the lamps on the water & the stars in the dark sky. She wishes upon a buoyant lamp and a shooting star.

She remembers- once she wrote a poem, ‘Hope & Expectations’, on a lamp. She set the loaded lamp in the placid water. Soon the heavy lamp sunk, along with it sunk her hope.

Today she writes just one word – ‘belief’. She has tears of joy when she sees the lamp fighting the waves.

She smiles if the lamp can.. so can she.

Written for Friday Fictioneers. You can read other entries here.

Crossed a milestone with this flash fiction- celebrate my 100th post today. 🙂


  1. Natasha says:

    Tugs the heart. Hope is the beginning, belief is our reality😊

  2. Expectations never pay, belief in oneself does!

  3. A post full of hope and promises of a new beginning. Beautiful.

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    A magical lamp of hope. Lovely.

  5. Dale says:

    So very nice…

  6. granonine says:

    Faith, belief, hope. You’ve drawn a neat circle here and tied it up seamlessly.

  7. Liz Young says:

    Belief can be powerful enough to achieve much.

  8. 4963andypop says:

    A paper lantern Fighting the waves with a lighter load. Nice metaphor for life!

  9. abhiray59 says:

    Nice message of hope.

  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Your story is a lovely blend of joy and sadness. You led me to wonder what secret grief Sia was carrying. It felt good that she was happy when her lamp ‘fought the waves’.
    Nicely written. It’s an ambitious story and your courage in tackling it has paid off.

  11. gahlearner says:

    Hope and expectations can be a heavy burden, no wonder the lamp couldn’t carry it. Belief has very many possibilities. I love the uplifting ending.

  12. lisarey1990 says:

    I love this! Very, very true! Great piece.

  13. jillyfunnell says:

    Uplifting and so encouraging. Her self-belief will help her survive the inevitable waves in life.

  14. Dear Priya,
    Lovely story. Full of hope.

  15. Tina Basu says:

    That’s a nice message of hope! Lovely writing

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