Peace in Dijon

Rochelle sets us a one hundred word flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, every week.  Come and have a go, if you think you’re bard enough.


Such an exquisite setting! People bustle about their daily business but I am serene, unhurried; nowhere to go and all day to get there. Sipping Bas-Rhin Alsace ale to wash down terrine de fromages au pain d’épice; warm breezes waft over me; nothing seems important. These beautiful buildings speak of history and permanence. So many vicious wars violated this place and yet peace has prevailed. Why would anyone want to usurp paradise? The graveyards are full of greedy fools who thought violence was the way. Lose your covetousness. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. The only enemy is ignorance. (100)

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About micklively

Fifty-something, pacifist, six sigma black belt, lean implementer, brewer, vintner, guitarist, wood-turner, and slave to collies.
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42 Responses to Peace in Dijon

  1. Margaret says:

    That’s one contented character. I want what he’s having. Nicely told.

  2. A lot of wisdom in your piece, Mick. Sounds like a person who’s retired and has time to sit, enjoy their surroundings, and think. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

  3. Alice Audrey says:

    I like the way the hint of wars past adds a little tension to the peaceful setting. Not that I much care for war, just the way it’s written.

  4. stomperdad says:

    Wouldn’t it be great to have all day to get nowhere… with a glass (or 3) of wine to boot. Love the imagery and wisdom divulged.

  5. storydivamg says:

    It seems a lot of Fictioneeers are settling for descriptions of vignettes sans actions these days. I’d love to read an actual story with a beginning, a middle and an end. This is just a paragraph pulled out of a story. I hope you soon give us an actual plot.


    • micklively says:

      I agree. I think most of mine are story, if you’d care to look back through my previous issue. I couldn’t see a story in the picture, unfortunately.

  6. This is now my favorite of your FFs, up till now. The picture looks just like Italy for one, and made me want to run out and get a latte with biscoti on the side…to sit at a cafe and dream, why Mick, it’s one of my all time favorite pastimes. 🙂 See no evil, hear no evil…

  7. Evil always destroys beauty. Wish that weren’t true. Nicely said!

  8. I was captivated by every word. Nicely done !!! 😊

  9. Kalpana solsi says:

    The last two lines carry a wealth of wisdom.

  10. gahlearner says:

    Very true words, and now I’m hungry. 🙂

  11. A lovely descriptive piece, I felt I could be there as well, if only.

  12. ansumani says:

    Once a day we need reminders like this 🙂 Nice reflections….and that life sounds wonderful.

  13. Vinay Leo R. says:

    A story as calm as the picture. 🙂 Nice one!

  14. Mike says:

    A lovely calm piece. If only we could all take heed of your advice.

  15. A shame more people cN’t follow this advice. Great piece.

  16. Lovely piece, thoroughly enjoyed it.

  17. Dear Mick

    Nice reflective piece. Please pour me another glass.



  18. Horus says:

    Its a picture of serene Dijon with some delicate food n drink – nice picture drawn!

  19. Happiness is indeed a journey, a reflective piece.

  20. Sandra says:

    Very tempting prospect, an afternoon spent eating, drinking and contemplating. Well done.

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