Gossamer Bandages

Photo by Darren Pearce

On Friday everything changed. Overnight the world had been bandaged in gossamer threads, as if a greater power had said,

“Enough. Only compassion will emerge from this cocoon.”

We clambered over silken fibres holding the earth together. Suspended above our heads, like baubles on a tree, were tanks, missiles and the emblems of big business gone bust. They clanked in the wind, a warning to tread carefully in this new world.

We advanced two by two: storytellers and scientists, teachers and inventors, doctors and judges, imams and priests, farmers and soldiers.

On Thursday oblivion had awaited; on Friday rose hope.

* Written for the very last Flash! Friday competition 

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