The sun and the moon

For the dverse prosery prompt, inspired by John Masefield’s The Box of Delights (if anyone recognises it) is a short piece of prose of 144 words, including the line from Carol Ann Duffy:

It is a moon, wrapped in brown paper.

Tom watches as the old man with the hurdy-gurdy lowers himself onto the park bench. His dog, a rough-haired terrier sits patiently as he rummages in one of his deep coat pockets, takes out a tin foil package, unwraps it and hands the dog a ham sandwich.
“Here you go, Barney Dog.”
The dog takes the sandwich with a delicate gesture and in three bites, it’s gone. Tom edges closer. The old man bites into the second sandwich, then reaches into another pocket and takes out first a paper package then something enveloped in a velvet cloth, a milky glass sphere.
Tom’s eyes open wide. He blurts out, “What’s that?”
“It is a moon.”
Wrapped in brown paper, is an orange. The hurdy-gurdy man unwraps it carefully and holds it up.
“And this is a sun.” He smiles and holds it out. “For you.”

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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.

57 thoughts on “The sun and the moon”

    1. Thank you. Do you know the book, The Box of Delights? It’s a children’s classic. My mother read it when she was a child, gave me a copy when I was a child, and gave one to my children. I still read it now and again.

      1. They might. I looked to see if I could get a copy but second hand copies cost a fortune and the newest edition in paperback just doesn’t look right. Illustrated by Quentin Blake who is not the write artist for it. Masefield did his own drawings which they ought to have kept. There’s The Midnight Folk too. Most people seem to prefer that one. It’s for slightly younger children.

      2. They had it. The photo made it look old fashioned, so I don’t think Blake is the illustrator. I’ll let you know. There’s no consistency in how long it takes for the book to arrive after you reserve it.

      3. Oh, I’m glad. I thought I’d maybe find an old copy to send, but they’re obviously hard to come by. See if they’ve got The Midnight Folk too. It’s about the same child but when he was a bit younger.

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