Marcelle knew there were better days ahead.
This long, dry season had to end.
It had to.
An inviting colorful sky reminded him of times when his world was not so muted.
When his paintings sold.
When his woman respected him.
When his children enjoyed his presence.
Somehow life got murky; clouds set in and never left.
But now – a second chance waits.
“Come back, let’s try again,” she said.
Pushing forward, like a Louis L’Amour chap,
Marcel dug deep to tread the path.
thirst and regret were overshadowed
by drizzles of hope
Over that horizon he will rebuild.
I had to jump in on this Friday Fictioneers post after visiting numerous other bloggers who participate (thanks Dale).
I saw the photo that Rochelle selected for this week and that sky was so inviting. Then I saw the path leading up to it and imagined someone thirsty. But who?
Well last June I had the chance to buy two pieces of old art from a thrift store in Canada. One of them was signed “Marcel” in cursive and so later, I spent many days trying to see if I could find out more about this artist. I did not. But I read about at least 20 other Canadian artists named Marcel. ((And my Marcel might not have even been Canadian, ya know?))
Anyhow, one of the Marcel’s I read about was Marcel Janco and ebay was selling a painting of his (last July), which is included in the image above. It reminded me of the photo prompt by Danny Boweman for this week’s prompt (sky, mountains, etc.) and so I made my thirsty, walking man Marcel Janco. Please note this is not true and has nothing to do with the real artist with this name.
Also this year I have had the chance to FINALLY read some Louis L’Amour books. I was at the used book store (in late winter) and there was a pile of softcover books for a quarter each. I grabbed five. Wish I grabbed them all. I never would have read this genre, but I have been wanting to read this author since at least 1994. The books are old and tattered – the first one fell apart after I read it (it was old, but the sauna didn’t help). Anyhow, I will post again about L’Amour’s books, but the name of Janco felt like a character name L’Amour would pick.
update – thanks to Dale for her note about the spelling of the name – correction made 9-7-17
and thanks for the Janco info