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A square peg in a round hole

08 Sep 2022 | Written by By Mary Gorman

Photo of a white rose lying in a shallow pool of sea water on a sandy beach, with the waves rippling further into the background

The Joy Club member,  Mary Gorman, wrote this incredibly touching piece of flash fiction as part of one of Grace Palmer’s Creative Writing sessions. Read on for vivid, emotive imagery.

A square peg in a round hole

Walking along the beach, the bird song rising all around me like an orchestra warming up before a major event, how apt that is this morning. It was reminding me of the last time we walked on this sand, darting between the sandcastles built with so much thought. Here I am again walking with you. The squeals of delight coming from the young family bouncing about in the water, ducking and diving echoed in tune with the wild life around, all unaware that you would be joining them shortly. You always were the square peg in a round hole. As the wind wrapped itself around your ashes and carried you out to sea I quietly whispered goodbye, having fulfilled your wish for an unconventional funeral.


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