Microcosms 27

Stella and I have gone for a birth-life-death theme for this week’s competition. Recently, Stella posted the following on Facebook:

‘The Circle of Life. Said a final farewell to my Mum on Friday … and now today the first Father’s Day without my Dad … Miss laughing with my sister Celia but now I have Len’s laughter and love being his Nana.’

So … I decided Stella’s treat after arranging two funerals should be a visit to Highgate Cemetery in London. No, really! She loved it.

The characters and settings are all birth-life-death related. The photos for possible inspiration are one of the many taken in the cemetery (Photo by Sal Page) and the first picture of me (Photo by Peter Page) … sort of. I’m in that cot and that’s my brother Andy having a look. See how I’m being propped up by books?

Sal and Stella


As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: teenager, setting: wedding, and genre: romance.

Feel free to write a story using those, or spin a new set of your own. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.


  • Midwife
  • Funeral Director
  • Teenager
  • New Born Baby
  • Grave Digger
  • Hundred Year Old
  • Fortieth Birthday Party
  • Maternity Ward
  • Wake
  • Wedding
  • Mausoleum
  • Birthing Pool
  • horror
  • adventure
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week is Bill Engleson

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit.


If you like, you may use the following photos to inspire you (not required).

First Photo 1965 001DSC00017


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