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.

Categories: flax-golden


Zakkarrii Edison Daniels · January 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

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

River Vox · January 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

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!

Andra · January 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

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

Nancy Sima · January 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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

Veronica · January 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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!

Brittney · January 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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.

Vera Soroka · January 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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

Marcheline · January 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

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

Another Erin M. · January 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

That gave me shivers!

Holly · February 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

You should make these into a book. Really.

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