Friday, October 4, 2013

55: The Love of the Beautiful

Image credit: This is kind of gross.
When I was done, I smiled and looked at my work. The detail was exquisite: every finely crafted wheel and cog shone brilliantly as it turned. I carefully wound the spring and held my creation aloft, and it lit gently into the air, fluttering on rice paper wings.

“Strength,” I said, “is an earthly monster.”
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FFF-55 Vol. LX. Tell a story in exactly fifty-five words. Go see G-Man. An ode to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Artist of the Beautiful, a short story that changed my life. (Also relevent: A Life Without Beauty.)


  1. Gorgeous! Our two 55's are companion pieces. Loved this!

    1. Thanks :) Yes, they certainly come from the same kind of place deep inside!

  2. That ending is powerful and made me pause ~ Short and sharp words ~ Happy Friday ~

  3. Another Gem My Friend....
    Hawthorne would be just as relevant TODAY!
    Loved your inspirational 55
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  4. Lovely! Very inspirational - Galen is right. Take care. k.

  5. very nice....and def a solid last line...but set up so well along the way....

  6. Full disclosure: the quotation "Strength is an earthly monster" comes directly from Hawthorne's text, as spoken by the main character, Owen Warland. I merely borrowed it for this piece, and didn't credit the source very effectively.

  7. Gentle and fluttering are not words usually considered to be in footstep with strength, yet my guess is that is the secret of greatness! Nice, nice, NICE!

  8. excellent crib of old Nate; it fits smoothly as meshed gears with the verse above it ~ M