The spellbound weren’t always easy to detect, until revealed through their words or actions. Their dark power of hatred grew daily, spreading to more and more people. It gathered strength, consuming even as it was consumed. The counter-spell must be found before it was too late. To fail was unthinkable.

Desperately they searched, unsure of what the solution could even be. Magical potions? Arcane rituals? Mystical incantations? Finally the realization dawned; the spell of hatred can only be overcome by loving words and actions.

The whole earth is my birthplace and all humans are my siblings.*

This they believed.

*Kahlil Gibran

Carrot Ranch August 31, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a speller. You can deviate from the primary meaning if magic catches your imagination. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by September 5, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published September 6). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

10 thoughts on “Spellbound

  1. Kahlil Gibran – one of my favourites too. I haven’t quite finished my flash yet, but we’re on the same wavelength though our pieces are quite different. I like, and especially love the realisation: the spell of hatred can only be overcome by loving words and actions.
    It sometimes seems people are caught in a spell when they act mindlessly and make no effort to remove themselves from negative behaviours. I often wonder how they can bear to live that way.
    Finishing with words by Gibran was the piece de resistance. I share the belief.

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      • Another meeting of minds! 🙂
        Very fortuitous to get another of Gibran’s books. You know, I think I’ve only read The Prophet. One of my favourites. I never thought to look for others.
        The wisdom in Chicken Shift is inspiring. I can’t believe how much you can make of that silly little childhood joke. An equal match for Gibran in philosophical thought. Well done. I’m still savouring. Not ready to review yet, but enjoying greatly.

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      • Norah, I appreciate your thoughts on the chickens.I did make a lot from chickens and their conundrums. Harmless fun. These poems would usually pop up fairly quickly, some had to steep a bit, but once the theme got rolling they kinda wrote themselves for a spell. Kinda like the ranch yarns. It was certainly not something I set out to do. I am gratified that you see the deeper layers of these poems.
        I also never looked for a Gibran book. Why would I? Never heard of him until his books started finding me, at the dump or at yard sales. The best things come when you’re not looking, as long as your eyes are open.
        Your words here are very kind, but I must take issue being compared to Gibran.You go too far. I am lucky enough to have encountered his work and clearly have drawn from it. But I am no match. Just a reader, a student even, just trying to distill for my self his fine thought.

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  2. D. this is why it’s important we write. Just as you and Norah, I appreciate the powerful shifts I feel in my heart and mind when reading Gibran or Rumi. Yet it’s even more powerful when someone I know can write a universal truth in 99 words. And you’ve achieved that. #dontstopwriting #summerwillreturn

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