Closed Up: A Moment of Camaraderie

closed up - spectre of the brocken - halo for the observer

Rising before the sun, 

I hear the gentle hum of a banjo in the distance. 

It’s abstract, yet its soothing melody bounces softly off the misty morning air.

From a hidden location,

I stand with my ear to the wind, listening as sunlight sneaks through cracks of closed doors.

I search frantically for the musician, 

wanting to tip his jar and share a drink, 

wishing him Godspeed on his journey.


I’ve learned the hard way that not every performance is outstanding and the road is unforgiving.

I don’t have the heart to tell him…

They all can’t be zingers!

Closed Up: You can find this story in the collection “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the Observer.”

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Ran Kime Writer
Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.