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flax-golden tales: waiting for the light

January 27th, 2012 by erin

waiting for the light

I moved my chair so I can see the lamppost through the window.

I know I would probably be able to see the light from anywhere in the room if the lamp were lit, but I like having a direct view. It makes me feel more secure, somehow, to be able to glance up from a book and see it, stalwart. Still dark.

It’s really quite clever, a lamp that only lights when you’re near.

Now I can’t stop checking it, even though it’s been dark for so long.

If it turns on again, I don’t want to miss it.

In case someday, somehow, you come back.

I’ll have a warning.

I just hope it will give me enough time to run.


About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.


10 Responses to “flax-golden tales: waiting for the light”

  1. Zakkarrii Edison Daniels says:

    Your work goes perfectly with a good mix of coffee and pastry.

  2. River Vox says:

    Thanks for the morning chills. First I wondered why a “dark” light was a good thing. Then I stuck on “YOU’re near”. And then, le frisson!

  3. Andra says:

    I have read almost all your flax-golden tales and you have me absolutely mezmerized. Some of them impress me as much as entire novels. Really great work, I hope you’ll keep on writing these!

    Greetings from Denmark!

    // Andra

  4. Nancy Sima says:

    I love the simplicity of your tales – so GREAT! You inspire me to keep writing. Thanks!

  5. Veronica says:

    I’ve had a fascination with lampposts since my childhood, when I first read the Narnia series. I love the idea of a sentient post. My dad thinks streetlights conspire to go out on him, maybe he’s right!

  6. Brittney says:

    Thank you! Ever since the I read The Night Circus I have been obssessed with your writing! I look forward to your tales every friday, and I love trying to guess what you may write from the picture. You are truly amazing! Thanks again.

  7. Vera Soroka says:

    I love your stories. They always put me in a good mood.
    The pictures are wonderful as well.

  8. Marcheline says:

    You know it’s perfect when it can’t be improved at all by making it one word shorter or longer. This is perfect.

  9. Another Erin M. says:

    That gave me shivers!

  10. Holly says:

    You should make these into a book. Really.