Crossing Over (flash fiction)

The old man lay on his death bed waiting for his last breath. Only his wife of sixty years remained with him in this lonely hour.

“We have had a great life together,” Catherine whispered to him as his eyes opened and then closed.

The old man half smiled and tried to nod his head.

“I will miss you my dear, but your time has come to cross over.”

Catherine’s mind wandered as she contemplated his passing…

“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.”

“As your soul becomes one with the universe, the thought of beginnings and endings will be no more. The spirit of creation will carry you into the joy of your existence; beyond all that you could ask or think!”

His breathing became more shallow. She held his hand, as John drew his last breath.

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, we are doing Prosery (flash fiction of exactly 144 words). Merril has chosen a line from Jo Harjo’s “A Map to the Next World.” The line must be included in our story.

The line is: “Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.”

Join us at: then click on the Mr. Linkey box to read more…

82 thoughts on “Crossing Over (flash fiction)

  1. Dwight,
    You’ve painted us such a tender and heart-breaking scene. The love between these two shines so powerfully. How we die is just as meaningful as how we live, especially for those we leave behind.

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  2. I’ve had the honor to sit by the bedside of several beloved ones when they passed…last weeks, days, hours, moments of their lives…I find your story beautiful. It brings tears AND smiles. Thank you for writing it and sharing it with us. 🙂

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  3. A beautiful story. Permitting the release….letting the person know it’s okay to leave, affirming their transition….all is so important and you’ve captured it here beautifully with this gentle and loving couple. Excellent use of the line.

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