Trifextra: Soul Mates

Cardinal Couple

Soul Mates

Half asleep, I listened to his song, each note stirring something deep inside me. When I opened my eyes, his brilliant red plumage took my breath away.

Heart racing, I started to sing.


This is my submission for this weekend’s Trifecta writing challenge, in which we had to write exactly 33 words in first person narrative.

I would like to say how honoured I am that my story Curfew made it to Freshly Pressed this week – and I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you and welcome to all my new followers!


Image credit: © velusariot /

61 thoughts on “Trifextra: Soul Mates

    1. You are very welcome! We now have two pairs that come to our yard and I love to see them, especially in the winter when everything else is so colourless.

  1. Very positive and uplifting story. The red of the cardinal, the blue of the blue jay, the black of the raven, the white of the dove…..such a happy, beautiful subject to focus on for this prompt. Your piece made me happier than I was a few minutes ago. May Spring and re-birth, not be too far away!

  2. So within the first few words, I pictured her lying in bed and ‘he’ sitting by her side, in PJ bottoms, lean torso, strumming a guitar and singing her awake… ok I was a little off track but you got me in 🙂

    1. Actually, I was kind of hoping some people might start with that image because I was trying to draw a parallel between couples in general. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I love birds. They fascinate me. I always miss the song birds in the winter and rejoice when they return in the spring. The first Meadowlark is truly joyful in my world.

    1. I love them too. We’re lucky here because the cardinals stay all year, but there’s nothing nicer than when all the other birds come back. Thank you for commenting!

  4. So sweet. I love to bird watch. Usually when I play out a bird scenario the female is chirping (cursing) at the male for his brilliant choice of a place to build a nest. It usually is a dumb spot. LOL!

  5. I love cardinals-they certainly do inspire one to sing! I wish we had them where I live-here in Eastern Washington, but we don’t. Still, when I see the stunning birds that do live here, I feel like singing too!

    I loved this piece-simply delightful!!

    1. Thank you so much Valerie! It’s true, every place has its share of beautiful birds – it’s one of the things I enjoy seeing when I travel.

  6. I wrote a post about a cardinal who visited me with my grandpa’s spirit. Several people liked it and I thought you might read it in my February posts… Your poem was very sweet and the picture was special! Soul mates.

    1. Thanks Joe! I agree – there are so many talented writers that don’t get highlighted as they should. It definitely made my day when I found out.

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