Friday, September 26, 2014

J M Blackman Week 118: Two Peas

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J.M. Blackman’s Picture Choice: One

Title: Two Peas

Well, they’d always been a pair, no matter what. From the moment they met each other, they were damn near inseparable.

People liked to call them twins, but they were more like different sides to the same coin: one was the open face, immediately recognizable, and the other a detailed landscape that people could study for moments at a time and still never quite grasp the craftsmanship.

But everyone agreed that there was never one without the other, even when they weren’t side by side. If one said it, the other meant it.

A mirror was a more apt comparison.

Superficially, they shared the same interests, hobbies and political views. They had the same phone, the same camera--they took similar pictures, though if you looked, you’d know he saw the bigger picture of the beach, while she could see a world in the fronds of a palm tree.

But this trivial sketch, this cosmetic framing was nothing compared to how their souls echoed each other. Like a reflection in water--an exact representation that waves with the undulation of time and movement; they grew and shrank and burst all in time: synchronized beyond any understanding, beyond any depiction, any words.

More than likely, they were simply one spirit, split between bodies. Just two peas. In a pod.


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J.M. Blackman is a Language Arts teacheri and a feminist. She endeavors to review nearly everything she reads and is a happy wife. She's a SFF enthusiast, loves dark humor, and has an unhealthy need to protect the image of Batman.



  1. Fantastic use of the photo! It wasn't entirely clear if they were siblings, plutonic friends, or a couple, but that didn't matter. The crux was that they shared a soul, and you portrayed that beautifully.

  2. Good to see you back! I love this little gem. I'd say "how in the world did you get THAT from this photo" but I'm used to prompts taking me in strange directions by now. :-P