Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Silence, Darkness And Light

Dropping her line into Fool's Lake, she patiently waited for something to bite.
Her patience was tested as there was just no catch; it didn't seem right...

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Photo Prompt: Mondays Finish The Story
It was night & she would have to return empty-handed to the palace,
What would she answer the Queen? Not accomplishing task is a disgrace...

She had to fulfill all the tasks successfully to be considered for marriage.
It was all her fault for falling in love with the prince & the challenge.

The prince would marry the one, who completed all the tasks before dawn.
The silence was deafening & the darkness overpowering as she was a pawn...

She wanted to be the winner as she had given her best in all the past days-
Without a frown, fought battles against silence and won wars over darkness.

For the last task, she hadn't a clue how to catch 101 fishes from Fool's Lake.
Were they venomous & wanting to fool? Was this challenge fixed or fake?

What would she deposit as her catch at dawn when they'd demand the fishes?
She decided that she'd be honest; though it might disqualify her wishes...


She tossed & turned that dark night when the silence was shattered by laughter.
She realized she was correct when she overheard the inebriated Queen's chatter!

As there were no fishes in Fool's Lake, the last task was to test character & honesty!
Who's the most truthful & not devious to tamper with results is what they wished to see!

As the realization dawned on her, she realized that it was a dawn that was bright!
Her explanation without manipulation dispelled silence & darkness with true light.

While the other girls proudly showed off their false "prize catch from Fool's Lake",
The Kingdom had found its future Queen- simple, sweet, sincere, honest & not fake!

Pic used with permission - Art of: Danny Gregory
I feel- When honesty wins, all is right with the world.
What does honesty mean to you? Do you believe truth wins in real-life too? 
Do share your views.

Poetry Jam- Silence
IndiSpire- "The darkest hour of the night is just before the dawn."
Mondays Finish The Story
dVerse Poets- Art Of Danny Gregory
Three Word Wednesday - Devious, Frown, Venomous
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92 comments:

  1. Honesty is something which can truly be the winner at the end, but then you have to face so many things while going for it...

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    1. Very true, Alok. We have to pay a high price for honesty.

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  2. Honesty is the best policy in so many ways...the best reason being we can look at ourselves in the mirror..

    Nicely written

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    1. Even I share the same views, Naba. Thanks :)

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  3. An enjoyable story, made even more fun in verse :) Nice post!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & for your maiden comment & appreciation :)

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  4. Honesty pays..if not immediately, evidently, in the long run...

    Loved the story Anita... :-)

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    1. True Mani. But, as Keynes said, "In the long run we are all dead."
      May we keep the faith! May all be well.
      Thanks :)

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  5. nice....i would value honesty any day...to stand on the truth...and elevate that even over personal gain....
    sadly not always as valued in the culture we have created....cute story...nice truth

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    1. Hope we can create an honest culture in our world, Brian.
      Thanks for sharing your views.

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  6. Beautiful verses! And I don't think truth always wins...but still I like to stick to it and that's I think is honesty.

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    1. Thanks :)
      Sometimes the truth is suppressed/killed. But, no doubt "honesty is the best policy" :)

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  7. Honesty is always the winner...love the outcome of the story...sweet...

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    1. Great when Satyameva Jayate & truth/honesty wins :)
      Thanks for your appreciation, Sumana :)

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  8. sumptous sharing of fairy tale

    have a nice Wednesday

    much love...

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    1. Glad you liked it, Gillena :)
      You have a lovely week!

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  9. I agree...honesty should always win out over deceit.

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    1. Hope it happens each time & every time, Mary :)

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  10. She remained true to herself and... won. Nice message!

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    1. Her win is the reward for her sincerity & honesty, Gabriella :) Wish we all win this way!

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  11. How lovely! I feel the same about honesty. :)

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    1. Thanks Kiran. We share the same views :)

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  12. Nice stuff :) Kind of like my favourite topic :D

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  13. Honesty always pays.. even if at times, in certain conditions, it feels cruel to follow it .. it is truly the best policy ..
    Loved your poem dear :)
    It certainly was Fool's Lake and in retrospection filtered the wise Queen :) :P

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    1. Thanks for sharing your deep thoughts & appreciation, Kokila.
      Filtration is a great idea! :P

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  14. Honesty is always the best even though it can make life's quests harder..

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  15. Anita, so much of the news in the world is not the truth, and it comes out later. Just be honest, not speculative or gossipy.

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    1. Very true, Linda :) We want more honesty in the world.

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  16. Nice story, Anita. I enjoyed reading it and you wrote it very nicely.
    It does remind me of another (more I am thinking but can't remember titles, might have been a fable) with this theme, I believe it is a common story, with all of them wearing different clothing.
    Keep up the good work!!

    p.s. I am returning your nice comment on my 'Letter "K"' Key West post at the end of January. This week, tomorrow afternoon will be the letter "M". I have a few Moscow and Melbourne pictures ready.
    Jim
    http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/
    http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/
    ..
    ..

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    1. Thank you so much, Jim :)
      Thanks for returning the comment as well as for your nice words & info.
      Great that you have your M pictures ready. I still have to write something or maybe link with a past post... :)

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  17. Honesty will determine lots of finality. It captures the heart as confidence is enhanced. A deserving future Queen certainly Anita!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks for sharing your valid points, Trust & confidence are much needed. The future Queen needs to be good :)

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  18. Lovely story! Honest always. It is easier to be honest than to lie, because if you lie you need a very good memory! Thank you for taking part in the Mondays Finish the Story challenge! I hope that you come back next week! Be well... ^..^

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    1. Thank you for your nice words & invite. It's my pleasure :)
      Be blessed!

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  19. Oh I enjoyed this story very much. The honest heart wins, even if it doesnt win the prize - by being true to itself. Loved this.

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    1. True that the honest heart wins, even though it not the winner in reality.
      Thankfully, in this story, the honest girl wins while the rest of the girls tell lies & show-off their "fishes" perhaps procured from other lakes/persons!!!
      Glad you loved it.

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  20. I honestly enjoyed this story so much. I'm impressed with how you respond to all those prompts and have a moral to your story. I believe in honesty and that it takes work especially when we strive to be honest with ourselves.
    Very good write.

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    1. Thanks for your apt & nice words, appreciation & inspiration, Myrna :)
      Delighted to have you here!

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  21. honesty should always win. the truth will out my mother used to quote

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    1. My Mom also said the same, Sheilagh!
      Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. The truth will always out as will the lies! Very enjoyable in deed.

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    1. Hope it happens in reality :) Thanks a lot!

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  23. Honesty wins.. but it takes patience to see it.

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    1. True. Provided they let honesty to win...
      Thanks for sharing, Bjorn.

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  24. I wish she had not heard the queen, though I guess she had decided to tell the truth before she heard what was going on. Perhaps she will be more honest than the prince and his family. Maybe she should look for a different husband and in-laws!

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    1. That's an interesting view, Donna!
      They say- 'Everything is fair in love & war'. Then, the other girls adopted unfair means to get fishes from another lake as this lake didn't have any fishes. But, then, the Queen was testing who is honest & has a strong character! :)
      Yes, I could have put those 2 sentences towards the end of the poem i.e. after dawn! The Queen would have announced what she was looking for & why she selected this honest girl!

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    1. I feel honesty should or ought to win. However, some people don't let it win...

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  26. I enjoyed the story. Good moral to the tale.

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    1. Thanks Peggy :) I love moral-stories :)

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  27. A lovely fairy tale, Anita, with a timeless message. Nice!

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    1. Thanks for reading & for your appreciation, Beloo :)

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  28. Honesty can never go wrong! Very well told with the story.

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    1. Sometimes honesty is made to fail. Glad you liked it, Indrani :)

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  29. Yes, honesty pays. Not always though. There are times when rationality dictates otherwise. Nice story.

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    1. True Rachna. Thanks for your views & appreciation :)

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  30. Love your poem dear; honesty is the best policy, one can see its fruit eventually... :)

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    1. Thanks Appy :) Hope everyone gets to see & enjoy the rewards of honesty...

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  31. It does, fortunately. Look at Delhi elections. I am not saying AAP is totally honest but it's their honest approach that appealed.
    Good one Anita.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your views, Alka. Yes, honesty has its takers :)
      Glad you liked the story.

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  32. Honesty surely give best returns in time. Beautiful tale, I liked the the concept of fool's lake :)

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    1. Yes. Hope it wins :)
      Fool's Lake i.e. the starting line of my post, was the prompt, MeenalSonal :)

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  33. Honesty I hold dearly and have learned to value silence.

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    1. Well said, Margaret!
      Thanks for visiting & sharing :)

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  34. Ultimate victory lies with the truth.Truth has only one direction when lie has to be supported with many lies.Nicely brought out the topic.

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    1. Truth gets to enjoy its victory provided it's not killed/suppressed/hidden... :) True that lie needs support of lies!
      Thank you for taking out time to read and comment.

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  35. I don't know what actually happens in this world but I wish to believe that truth wins. This keeps me doing good and staying honest. I loved the way told the story. Truly awesome. I wish everyone could value honesty and goodness more than anything in this world. As when honesty wins, everything's fine in this world. :)

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    1. Thanks a lot for sharing your kind & wise words, Namrata. Totally agree with you.

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  36. Lovely poem Anita ! And I love it how the lake is named 'Fool's lake' ... And honesty definitely holds more power over everything ! Short and sweet ! Loved it :) ^_^

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    1. Thanks Najm. Yes, Fool's Lake was given in the prompt. Glad you loved it :)

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  37. Lovely poem and loved the moral to the story and story. I am on the side of honesty!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & commenting :)
      Honesty's side is stronger with so many of us!

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  38. I loved your story. I too wish honesty wins but then it takes all kind to make the world!

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  39. Honesty ? Or sharp ears to hear the Queen's secret? Or plain lucky to hear that secret? Hmm...

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    1. Anyway she hadn't brought/bought 101 fishes from elsewhere unlike the other girls! She would have told the truth even if she hadn't heard the Queen! :)

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  40. Hey Anita. A LOT of us took time to comment on your poem over at Poetry Jam. It takes time for each of us to read and think about your poem. Could you make the rounds through Poetry Jam as well returning the reciprocity? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Thanks to all for reading & commenting. I know it takes a lot of time & effort as I do it too :) Sure Mary.

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  41. I am always amazed to see how ur imaginatory juices are on work. Though a simple poem, it needs creativity to pen it down. Kudos to u.

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    1. Thanks a lot for your kind words, Ajay! Delighted :)

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  42. Love what you shared here Anita! Honesty means freedom to me. Living a lie is in a way being in bondage.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Carrie!
      I agree with you. Honesty gifts us freedom & peace of mind. May no one live lies & be in bondage :)

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  43. I love this and honesty does win over all

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    1. Thanks for visiting, reading & for sharing your views :)

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  44. I like the the way you tackled this prompt. A charming poem in the form of a fairy tale!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading this, Nicholas :)

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  45. What a sweet story! I always love stories that uphold moral values... Morality is very important part of me, without which, my personality will be a zero. I cannot lie, I will be readily caught, even if I try to tell a harmless lie.
    What about you, dear?

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    1. Ditto Sindhu :) Our values & personalities are pretty similar!
      I uphold honesty and the rare times I have lied, I have felt so guilty that I have immediately revealed the truth :) Satyameva Jayate!

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