Pen n tonic Creative Expressions

Each week on Tuesday Pen’n’Tonic will post a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

“This week, I give you one of my own original photographs. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer this week. Enjoy!”


Bonfire. ©


by John Yeo

We will let the fires of life burn out and in the dying embers we will sit and dream.
We will remember the fire that burned through our bodies when we fell in love.
Then the fire of ambition when we first started college, the knowledge that added fuel to ignite our dreams.
The fires of protest, when we held firm beliefs and we were prepared to die for our feelings.
The fires that burned fiercely in our minds as we aged and ignited the fires of freedom in the minds of our children
Proudly we have shared the fire and watched our children ignite the flames in the next generation.
Dreamily as the fires of our lives glow and the embers burn out we make our final decision will it be Cremation. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust?
Suddenly a shout of joy as our Great Grandchildren run towards the dwindling bonfire. “Come on Great Granddad and Grandma, wake up and come inside before the fire burns out.”


Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved


I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story 09/03/2015, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words.

The link below takes you to Part Thirteen

Flying Saucers ~

© Image provided by Barbara Beacham ,

“On March 9th, 2015, three objects were reportedly seen in the skies over the Borracho Todos los Tiempos Vineyards.”

Angelo had visited five vineyards where the rioja flowed freely.

He ran as fast as he could along the Rue de Tropicana, shouting. “Invasion, the aliens are here! I will save the world!” Firing a pistol wildly into the sky, as passers by ducked for cover.

“Can you see the saucers in the sky we are under attack!”

Angelo was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, he awoke in a Parisian cell in a drunken stupor, memory began to return as he thought he had been abducted and the Gendarmes were aliens.

Marg arrived with a high powered solicitor and bailed him out. The Brigadier was livid and then keen to get the operation moving to flush the villainous Dickus out of his gambling emporium. Marg and Bella’s teams began to enter the casino separately and mingle with the gamblers. A body suddenly crashed through a plate glass window …….

(150 words)

To be continued…………..

The link below takes you to Part Thirteen


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