A Potent Venom (#AtoZChallenge)

This is my 9th attempt at the month-long blogging challenge, Blogging from A to Z. I’ve completed it 5 times so far. My theme this year is 7 Sentence Fiction, and the word I’m using for V is Venom.

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A Potent Venom

The poison was spreading quickly. With each passing minute, the world seemed to be getting colder. The glances of everyone around felt piteous. He looked into their eyes helplessly.

Up until the moment, he had had belief that he could get somewhere. The faltering start hadn’t demoralized him at all, but his father’s words now felt like a potent venom, consuming him from within.

“You’re worthless, wasting your life away.”

Liked this? Maybe you can read some of my earlier posts: Stories | for A to Z 2018.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
25th April, 2018)


Poetry & writing 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.

4 thoughts on “A Potent Venom (#AtoZChallenge)”

    • It’s not that they need validation, but those words of discouragement do sting, especially coming from someone, who at that age, we’re trying to impress too. And yes, that tends to slowly eat into the self, I think. Thank you, Sunita Saldhana.

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