At the Orphanage…

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. This year, I’m planning to do short pieces of fiction (not a series), or a poem based on a word with that letter.


“Will I ever leave this orphanage?”

Every day, I see people come and go. Some choose one of my friends to take home with them. I wonder why no one picks me. I am cute, friendly and Katy, the manager of the orphanage, loves me.

Yesterday, it was Sasha who was adopted. I saw her go outside those big wooden doors with a couple. She was happy here, but I could tell she was happier with them. I was happy for her too. Only an orphan can really knows the value of a loving family.

I hear Katy coming to my room. She seems to be talking to someone.

“Yes. Dale is a fine boy. He’s friendly, well-behaved, gets on well with others. You will be happy.”

Yes. Finally, it’s happening. A family wants me. I’m going to have a family!

I hear Katy finalize the formalities. I tell her goodbye. It’s hard. She was part of my family till now.

As I walk past the big wooden doors, from the darkness into the light, I look back one last time at the building I once called home and see the big sign above those doors that says “City Dog Pound”.

I’m an orphan no longer!


To write 26 days in a month on a theme, a moral support is quite useful I feel. This year, I’m taking the challenge along with my friend Bhavya. We’re writing on the same themes each day, and giving each other the themes on alternate days. Day 15, the word chosen by Bhavya was ORPHAN, around which this story was written.


(17th April 2014)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

22 thoughts on “At the Orphanage…

  1. I can so imagine those cute puppy dog eyes that must have been elated beyond words to finally get a family!
    Kwite a kyoot katha 🙂 🙂

  2. Ohh, Dale is happy 😀 He spreads his happiness to us too 🙂 I’m sure he would find a new puppy family soon , at the new home 🙂

  3. This reminds me of a scene from the television serial called Gilmore Girls. I won’t recite the entire scene here but just one word from it ….PUPPIES 😀 😀

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