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Two Phrase Story #33

I would like to present a word challenge. Thanks to Elusive Trope for encouraging me to get off my lazy ass and actually try to get more readers involved in this weekly game. I would never have attempted it if you had not pushed me, ET!

The premise is simple. I provide one phrase every Thursday, an incomplete string of words, and it is up to you to complete it in your own, inimitable way. However you like, taking it in any direction you want.

If you like the concept, please play along and post the complete challenge on your blog and leave a link in the comments section below.

I love the mental exercise, I hope you do too!

This week’s phrase –

“It is the longest night….. ”

My attempt –

“……….. The one spent in the grave.”

Your turn!


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


58 thoughts on “Two Phrase Story #33

  1. Thanks a lot, Dr B for the teasing prompt.
    Here’s my very first try…

    It’s the longest night, this never ending maddening night of passion, before the mundanity of love takes over.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by neelwritesblog | 22/03/2016, 3:49 PM
  2. … because Eliot and i (as always) were together as one — as so many things are — and
    The yellow fog rubbed its back upon the window-panes,
    The yellow smoke rubbed its muzzle on the window-panes,
    Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
    Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
    Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
    Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
    And seeing that it was a soft October night,
    Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog | 21/03/2016, 3:25 AM
  3. I am sure to take up this challenge. Tks.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by neelwritesblog | 20/03/2016, 9:56 PM
  4. My first try at this:
    “It is the longest night….. ”

    …..this final farewell, my hand resting on yours as the light slowly fades from your eyes.


    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by rivrvlogr | 20/03/2016, 7:15 PM
  5. …in the history of Humanity.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by tedgiffin | 20/03/2016, 8:38 AM
  6. I saw this on the Elusive Trope’s blog and thought I’d contribute a phrase. It’s a bit long, but I have an excuse.

    “It is the longest night…of the cycle, when sea beasts heave themselves onto the dark shore, the earth opens, and the buried beasts shake off the chains of root and stone, and in the crow black sky, winged beasts wheel and turn, searching for the red throb of human heat.”


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    Posted by Jane Dougherty | 19/03/2016, 11:06 PM
  7. ….toward which my nostalgia gravitates.



    Posted by Elusive Trope | 19/03/2016, 9:30 PM
  8. I remember you said you like to do challenge themes. Do you want to participate the 7 day nature photo, Dr. Hb? If you do, I’d love to nominate you for this one next week.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 17/03/2016, 9:52 PM
  9. Yours is excellent.
    “It is the longest night….. so naturally, my longest nightmare.”

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by LionAroundWriting | 17/03/2016, 8:50 PM
  10. I have been one acquainted with the night… (~ Robert Frost)

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 17/03/2016, 8:10 PM
  11. It is the longest night, his last night which he sees from the night sky

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by pecsbowen | 17/03/2016, 8:09 PM
  12. So I decided to call it a day.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Lakshmi Srivatsan | 17/03/2016, 6:36 PM
  13. That I had ever spent hiding in the aardvark enclosure; normally a keeper would find me and throw me out with a jovial “get fucked you creepy bastard”, but now it seemed I had evaded their gazes.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by stevolom | 17/03/2016, 4:52 PM
  14. “…the one spent on call on the OB floor during the winter solstice.”

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Victo Dolore | 17/03/2016, 4:18 PM
  15. It is the longest night,
    and yet the shortest goodbye,
    whence my soul took flight.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by impostorpawn | 17/03/2016, 4:01 PM
  16. The one spent with her


    Posted by bhavpreet | 17/03/2016, 1:59 PM
  17. But waiting for the enemy to come over the hill made each minute like an hour

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by looneybitch | 17/03/2016, 12:40 PM
  18. Have never tried But I’d like to give a try for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by krupajnanda | 17/03/2016, 11:39 AM
  19. “..and my depressants hadn’t helped, except to make me insomniac too”

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Mon ☠ | 17/03/2016, 11:25 AM
  20. Thanks again, ET!


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 20/03/2016, 8:59 AM
  21. Thank you Jane, for the linkup and for joining in! 🙂


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 20/03/2016, 8:59 AM
  22. Thanks for the linkup, and for joining in!


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 21/03/2016, 6:02 AM
  23. Thank you so much, Aadhira for the link up. I hope I get more people enjoying this game. 🙂


    Posted by hbhatnagar | 22/03/2016, 9:27 AM


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