Short story in Ekphrastic Review

The painting prompt for the Ekphrastic Review challenge was a blue horse painting by Franz Marc. Anyone who knows my admiration for Marc won’t be surprised that I was duly prompted. Lorette asked for short fiction, which is what I wrote. You can read Horse Dreams here as well as all the other entries.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

17 thoughts on “Short story in Ekphrastic Review”

      1. That’s funny. I had trouble too writing a poem to order about the blue horses. They find their way into poems without being invited so often! Lorette said she’d like prose, so I went with that instead. Maybe the Oracle would have put you straight ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Wonderfully written, Jane. Bordered on magic realism, but it was much more wonderful than that: a child’s innocent perspective on the inexcusable ways of an evil world, and a child-like faith in “blue horses.” I loved this.

    1. Thank you! I wonder what it must be like for the refugee children on those little boats, some of them with no adult they know. I imagine them like animals, curling up around their fantasy, keeping out the horror of it all.

      1. Yes, I am one of those who believe that special grace is given to them, a grace that includes fantastic daydreams, unmoored from reality that sets them free in some unspeakably supernatural way. And I thank God for it.

  2. When I saw the prompt I knew it was written for you. I’m glad yours was included. It’s not surprising to me that your blue horses would bring comfort, even to the end.

    1. Thanks, Ken. It was an odd feeling, and I think Merril felt the same, hard to write about those blue horses to order. They went their own way with this one. I’m glad you liked their story.

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