#tuesdayuseitinasentence : A prop to occupy my time

Sue has to work hard to occupy her time.

There is the ceiling to look at, its network of bumps and cracks, the hint of stains painted over. The wall opposite is not a viable option because of the painting hanging lopsidedly from the picture rail. It’s a seascape in oils, the brushwork amateurish, the use of cadmium yellow and scarlet lake clashing violently with cerulean blue, the mishmash of poor composition and worse execution making her strangely angry.

Before she would have carried the thing into the garden and taken pleasure in dumping it in the firepit, watching the clotted paint blister in the flames. Now all she can do is look towards the ceiling, finding river valleys in the cracks, lakes in the old stains, painting her own landscapes with wallpaper and damaged plaster.


Written for Stephanie at Word Adeventures’ #tuesdayuseitinasentence. Use the word – today it’s OCCUPY – in a sentence or blog post. See here to join in the fun.

The title was inspired by the R.E.M song, The One I Love – one of their finest singles I’d say.

6 thoughts on “#tuesdayuseitinasentence : A prop to occupy my time

  1. Another intriguing story. ‘Firepit’ is an interesting choice of words. It prods me to speculate where exactly this is set. You leave us with the impression of a strong woman, who absolutely refuses to give up and surrender. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you Penny. Yes, we don’t have many firepits here in Bristol! But you’re right about her – tough as old boots, though in an awful, spirirt breaking position. The strength of the imagination over reality perhaps. Thanks so much for reading 🙂


    1. Ah, you imagined exactly what I was thinking as I wrote this! Yes, I think she’s confined to a bed, trying to hold on to a little of who she was before, still able to appreciate the aesthetics of a cracked ceiling. Thank you Stephanie 🙂

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    1. I knew you’d recognise the reference straighet away! Got to love that song. The story has nothing to do with the song of course, but I did enjoy canabalising the title 🙂


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