Monday, March 12, 2012


This week's challenge:  Check out the third definition of trail (below), and use the word exactly as it appears, in no less than 33 and no more than 333 words.

trail verb \ˈtrāl\

3:     to move, flow, or extend slowly in thin streams

The Good That Men Do
She refolded his note on the creases and tucked it back into her wallet. In the years since he left it on her desk, she’d only looked at it a few times. But the important thing was, she knew the note was there, with her always, and she knew what it said: “You have great insight, you are compassionate, and you do things all the time that make a difference in peoples’ lives.”

He had been her friend, and though he was gone his love continued to trail almost imperceptibly through her life, seeping into her heart and strengthening it so subtly that sometimes she didn’t even notice it anymore.

But then there were other times, like today, when she reached for that piece of simple white notepaper, with its message scrawled in blue ballpoint, and fingered it like it was a rare treasure.
According to Shakespeare, “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones." Oft, yes, but not always. 


  1. A touching rememberance. Beautifully written.

  2. This was great. I have some of those old, folded notes as well.

  3. I think many have that folded note in our wallets. I like the questions that your entry leaves unanswered.

  4. we just never know the impact we have with our written words - lovely

  5. Lovely piece. But I wanted to comment in time for you to have the opportunity to make a small revision if you can. I remember reading on the Trifecta site that the word given must be used exactly as they provide it (thus 'trail' and not 'trailed' as you used it) for your entry to be eligible. I'd hate for you to be left out on a technicality. You still have seven hours left to make the small alteration. Go, One Gal, go! :)

  6. Thanks, Old Dog. And thank you, One Gal, for linking up to Trifecta this week. I love the familiarity of this and the unique spin you've put on it--channeling the Bard. My husband keeps his wedding vows on a paper folded up in his wallet. Swoon.

    Hope to see you back again soon.