The texture of the brass dials a thing so fetching, feel them spin, with a tick and a click, tightening ever so slightly as the prize is nearing.
Nimble fingers twist knobs , first left, then right, and back yet again. Feeling for the slightest shift, as slowly they spin.
A tick, a click, the slip. The first dial is set. How these tired tips work at gaining entry, their art lost to time, man’s arrogance a false sentry.
These fingers you see, they are for hire, they spin, they click only for the most discriminate buyer. What lies beyond the beauty of this contraption of brass, these fingers care not – their job only to spin, to click, to find the – slip.
Ah, the slipping of the final pin into place, pride to be had for a task well done. These fingers find no pride being named thief, only in the triumph of yet another breach.
Never touching the treasures concealed inside, the gift is in the spinning, the clicking and the glorious sound of the decisive slipping as the lock disengages, and the tomb readies to release.
The thrill done, the game complete, the mastery of infiltrating the impenetrable is what these tired digits did seek. Their desirous splendor being the one called to task, no other hand as capable on the brass.
These fingers, they are old, and worn with time, slowly they reach out and gentle the slide.
A slight pop, the pressure released, the door opens a mere chink, allowing for those who would have the briefest of peeks.
The thrill these old finger have felt now past, gone on this final releasing of brass. This buyer untrue with intentions corrupt, these fingers have felt for the final time the tick, the click, the magnificent slip!
For those of you who don’t know, in each issue of The Sirens Call eZine, we do a Comparative Flash amongst ourselves with fairly strict guidelines. We choose an image, and each of us writes a flash piece of 300 words – no more, no less – that is inspired by the image itself. We don’t discus the topic each has chosen, nor do we reveal our pieces to each other until everyone participating has completed their flash. Here is the image, and my piece that ran in the June issue – Kalla and I went head to head on this one. I hope you enjoy it! I had a ton of fun writing it… and the picture, what is it exactly? You tell me ;}
August 9th, 2012 at 5:45 am
Nice imagery and a sweetly carved scene! How did you get into my post office to take that shot?
August 9th, 2012 at 11:20 am
That’s what my post office looks like too… LOL – I thought they had done away with most of the combination boxes. Thanks for the kind words ;]
August 9th, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Simply wonderful. The words flowed like a breathless melody.
August 9th, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Thank you Hunter!! I love a word challenge, and I love photography – a perfect pairing for me. I just wrote my flash for Issue #4 today ;]
August 12th, 2012 at 12:18 pm
It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a poem and this eerie find is simply a great read! Seriously, a very fun treat.
August 12th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Thank you Matthew! I really enjoy doing the comparative flash pieces, and I’m glad to know that someone genuinely enjoyed it! ;}
August 24th, 2012 at 10:24 am
Nina beautifully crafted with the retro touch down to the last turned word
August 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am
Thank you! This was a fun little piece that I had a great time imagining – I’m very glad that you appreciate it – you are an incredible poet! 🙂