Linda Louise Rigsbee

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Painful Decisions – a Metaphor

February 22 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Janet Webb

February 22 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Janet Webb

The well-maintained picket fence put up a cheery front, but it couldn’t hide the decaying barn. Like trying to hide a marriage that had gone bad, there was no point investing more time and effort planting flowers in front of it. The problem wasn’t the fence. The barn was empty now – useless – yet it was difficult to let go of the memories. The old barn had to be removed before the new one could be built. The new barn promised a brighter future for everyone involved – especially the children.


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13 thoughts on “Painful Decisions – a Metaphor

  1. The strong metaphors you use make me realize how little i try that method. I like your skill and feel like I need to do some of the same with my future efforts. Thanks for the example and the fine story.

  2. I like the way you weave in and out of the metaphor, Well done!

  3. Hi Linda Louise,
    I like the metaphor your created around the sagging barn and a marriage going bad. Well done. Ron

  4. lovely use of metaphor.. a story that’s very real. a lot of people can relate to it. and i also like the hope at the end of the story 🙂

  5. I enjoyed this. Letting go is always hard, but I like the promise of a brighter future.

  6. Dear Linda,
    I’ll throw my hat in with the comments above. Nice metaphor. Change can be difficult at times, no matter how necessary. Well done.

  7. Great metaphor… well done.

  8. I agree, a good metaphor about something that has lapsed beyond repair.

  9. A nice metaphor for a number of things, including the marriage you mentioned! BTW, “well-maintained” has a hyphen, which would give you another word to use somewhere if you’d like. 🙂

    Enjoy the weekend,


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