Saturday, 21 April 2012

Welcome to RomanticFridayWriters!

RFW is about short short writing or flash fiction (usually 400 words), less for poems, with some romantic element. It's not Romance of the happily ever after variety, but Romantic, where it's about the story, the issue, with some romantic relationship involved. Our stories are edgy, sometimes dark, and often don't have the HEA ending!

So here we go! RFW Dribbles (50 words), Drabbles (100 words) and Droubbles (200 words) and more (400 ish)...for your enjoyment - a laugh, a cry...

It's widely agreed that most fiction (unless it's solely about animals) begins and ends with human characters: their frailties, virtues, conflicts and expectations. In our stories for the A - Z Challenge the writers attempt to more closely observe the people around us...

Today just for a change I give you poetry, obviously influenced by Edgar Allan Poe's Annabelle Lee.

S is for By the Sea

By the Sea 

The waves smash against the rocks
The seagulls call your name
The moon beams and is bringing me dreams
Of you
and me
by the sea.

By the sea
we laughed, we played, we loved
Until they came
and took you away -
away from me.

 Your beauty was such that the angels in heaven were jealous -
Jealous of our love
As I held you tight on the grassy banks at night
I could hear their voices on the wind -

‘You will not keep her! You will not have her!’
The voices mingled with the crash of the waves
I held you tight, tighter
I crushed you close to me.
They can never dissever our love.
‘Don't leave me, Annabel!’

My voice ripped away by the wind.

Where are you?
Where have they taken you?
I hear the waves
I hear the gulls
I hear you!
My name is a whisper on the wind.

The sea is cold, so cold
My legs tremble with the chill
The moon threads the waves with its silvery fingers
me to you.

I am so cold Annabel
as the night tide carries me
to you.
Yes, my darling!
I hear you
Your voice is an angel’s call.

The ocean is chilling yet
my heart is thrilling
at the sound of my name on your lips.
Soon we’ll be together
for eternity
The angels will smile at our love -
a love that was more than love
In our Kingdom by the sea.
The beautiful, wild sea.


Denise, (L'Aussie) writes short stories, flash fiction, travel articles and newspaper profiles while working on her Great Australian Novels, one of which is set in Afghanistan. She's the founder of RomanticFridayWriters. Her writing blog is L'Aussie Writing. She'd love you to visit her there for her A - Z Challenge on the theme, BLOGGERS WERE CHILDREN TOO!


  1. You have so excelled in this! Brilliant... Love the swell and ebb of the rhythm and prose ;)


  2. My dearest Denise,
    You know that you will touch many emotions with such words of beauty. The love, the sorrow and anguish, were all deeply felt with this heart of mine. Very well done my sweet POET friend!!

  3. Different than what I might expect but well written. Hmm the name Annabel seems to lend itself well to this type. Interesting.

    1. Well Dawn I guess my having a go at poetry is unexpected but I have a lot of poetic influences here at RFW.

  4. Hi, found you on 'Surprise Me Button'.
    I love poetry.
    New follower.

    1. Hi Sally. Yay for the Surprise Me button. Thanks for following. Will visit soon.


  5. This is poetry I understand. I can see Andy's influence in this Denise; actually, I though it was his work until I saw the signature. (I hope you both take that as a compliment.)

    Well done. Love the name Anabel. This has a nice rhythm to it.



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