On Barren Sands

(1 minute read)
by Lee Wright


We were in the Coin-Op Launderette, with no change for the dryer.

I looked in my pocket, but all I had was an old photograph of me as a boy, riding a donkey on Blackpool beach. I am wearing a He-Man t-shirt and a pudding bowl haircut. My mother would have probably had a flask of lukewarm tea and a bag of doughnuts. 

I examined the photo while Ellie went for some change. I am smiling, the donkey is not. I have no memory of riding that donkey. REGGIE is the name on his bridle and the drowsiness in his eyes suggests he’s been led up and down those barren sands many times; a play thing for children like me.

I hid the photo from Ellie, she must never know what I’ve done.     

Copyright © 2021 – Lee Wright. All rights reserved.

About the Author 

Lee Wright

Lee Wright was born in Warwickshire and is a published author of short stories, poetry and non-fiction articles and reviews. He holds a master’s degree in creative Writing from the University of Leicester and began studying for a PhD in Creative Writing in 2020.    

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