Submitted for Sunday Photo Fiction


The Assignment: The idea of Photo Fiction is write a story of around 100-200 words (which is also called Flash Fiction) based on a photo as a prompt. In this particular photo fiction, the story must be based on the photo below.

Credit: Al Forbes

Credit: Al Forbes

The County Hotel – A Shakespearean Sonnet

Once a destination for the elite.
Now a place to shelter the lost.
Long ago the beautiful people would meet.
Today find a room at no cost.

Long ago parties in satin and lace.
Now women and children line up for a meal.
Champagne and caviar served with grace.
Now lost hope is all they feel.

Once plush carpets and satin sheets.
Now folding cots twenty to a room.
Pampered with a massage in the spa.
Now dank, musty and full of gloom.

The County Hotel a place on a map.
Shelters the homeless no longer just for a nap.


3 responses

  1. Lovely poem Maryann.I wonder if it a post apocalyptic shelter or for the modern day.


    • I guess it could be either. I don’t know anything about the actual building in the photo but my first impression was that it didn’t look like a place people still looked to stay but maybe it had a more pleasant past. It looked like a place that the government took over and repurposed.

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      • Unfortunately even from the very beginning people didn’t want to stay there. The big office building eyesore beside it put people off. It has since been demolished and made way for a shopping centre and a cinema.

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