Shiny Glass Crystals

Yes they sparkle


There, in the distance, the old man thought he saw a fair damsel. He squinted his eyes and tried to focus. There are things you don’t get to see everyday!

“She’s coming this way!”, he thought incredulously. Indeed, the damsel was approaching him rapidly with a wry smile… if that ever so slight curve of her mouth could be called that. She came to him and extended her hand. Her hand. There were no lines on it. It was smooth and the fingers were long, slender. Slowly, carefully, the old man touched her fingertips. They were ultra cold for half a second but soon they warmed up.

“Who are you?”, he asked.

“Death”, she replied.

“You’re beautiful. I imagined you to be a like a lot of things but never this. You’re beautiful.”

She smiled. This time, it was a defined, definite smile. She regarded his face. He looked shaken, a little scared, but ready and awed too. She told him to close his eyes. He obeyed.

After a second, Death let go of the old man’s hand. His soul must have gone home by now. Death then slowly assumed the form of a little boy child with gleaming eyes and sunshine hair and proceeded north where a woman lay on the bed, waiting.

Sometimes, Death loved its job.

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19 Responses

  1. Livetimefe says:

    It’s a gorgeous concept. Very well written swats

  2. Srini says:

    Simply, exquisite and powerful! 🙂

    I marvel at how certain things continue to animate the imagination of humankind time and time again and most such themes have to do with the ‘mysterious’, the ‘transcendent’ and the like.

    Enjoyed this… wish I could write ten lines and make such impact. Cheers!

  3. Brosreview says:

    Nice concept! Not sure of the title though.

    • swatinair says:

      Thanks, A. The D stands for Death and I guess it IS a bit lame but my creative juices haven’t been flowing with the velocity I’d like. Thanks so much for dropping by, I appreciate it.

  4. Rahul says:

    Hey very well written… loved the end 🙂 keep blogging…

  5. Ashrita says:

    Hey there 🙂 Loved it! I would like to repeat what has been said above. It takes some real talent to make an impact with a minimal use of words ❤ You rock!

  6. aditya says:


    Liked it. I remember an excerpt from Facts by Jim Carroll.

    When Oscar Wilde lay on his death-bed
    Penniless and disgraced,
    In a cheap boarding room in France,
    He stared dimly to the window and muttered:
    “Those curtain are absolutely horrendous;
    One of us has simply got to go

    He then sank into the pillow, shut his eyes and died.

    Any reason in particular, Swati ?? For moving over to the wordpress??

  7. pri says:

    gd job babe….nicely written…love the concept…

  8. Miss Sunshine says:

    brilliant it is.. 🙂

  9. mrigendra says:

    chintooo bot badiyaa likhaa huaaa

  10. Marenz says:

    It curiously filled me with joy. Giving the big question mark at the sunset a shape making it into a person,

    This is, after all, how humans can face anything.

    and it reminds me a little of Terry Pratchett when he mentions death.

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