The Color of Hope


Angus Swanson loved Maribel McIntyre

From near and afar

Since the beginning of time and every moment since

He was a yearbook photographer

She student editor on The Plains Weekly News.

Angus was cool and quiet

Mary the center of every broil 


He attended Instate University,

Still waters running deep

She flew away to Farcoast College

Climbed ivory towers, slew dragons overseas

Marriage crashed and burned.

No children.

Longing for rolling cornfields, big skies,

The comfort of tiny minnows

Circling cool brindled shallows.



Did he have reason to hope she’d recognize him?

Her answering rosy blush sparked hope.

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2023)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (04/24/2023): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about the color of hope. Who is in need of hope and why? How can you use color to shape the story? Pick a color, any color. Go where the prompt leads!

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