#writephoto — The New Clear Winter

1198C816-52F2-422B-BF6E-38A73A541C38The village elders had talked about the prophecies, but most people thought it was just more incoherent mumbo-jumbo. The elders spoke of how, several centuries earlier, the Lord, in His wisdom, had unleashed a torrent of destruction because His children had lost their way. That global devastation brought on what the elders called “The New Clear Winter.”

The stories talked about how the thick, dark clouds of The New Clear Winter blotted out the light and warmth of the Lord, causing famine, illness, and widespread death due to what the elders named “The Torrent of the Lord.” Only the hardiest people survived the freezing temperatures and darkness that enveloped their home planet.

“There will come a time of Light, Warmth, and Salvation, which the Lord will bestow upon His faithful flock,” the High Priest proclaimed. “The prophecies say that He, praise our Lord, will part the clouds and let shine His warmth and white light that will bring about the end of The New Clear Winter and will restore His blessing upon our home.”

The people in the small village looked up in awe. When they saw the blinding white light shining down from between the bare branches of the trees as the dark clouds began to dissipate, they fell down to their knees and prayed thanks to their Lord, feeling blessed that the prophecies were right.

What they couldn’t possibly know at that time was that the return of the sun, without the benefit of a thick atmosphere to diffuse the star’s intense heat, would soon fry the planet and cause it to be no longer able to sustain life and become totally uninhabitable.


Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.

25 thoughts on “#writephoto — The New Clear Winter

  1. Marleen April 18, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    I think it’s a possible story. Let’s hope not.

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  2. Marleen April 18, 2019 / 10:27 pm

    I was just watching more of those videos that come up because of having entertained anything “new age” — you know, some offer a useful thought or two even if they’re also somewhat odd (while others seem to be obtuse manifestations of a pyramid schemes). This one guy was talking about how he had spent years over-using marijuana but then used something else (you’ve likely heard of it, and I’d recognize it if I heard it but am not going to look it up right now, it’s a new agey natural dru… medicine). He then learned that he needed to be in touch with spirituality (and stop with his personal misuse of smoking pot). Anyway, a practical aspect of what he was saying was that there is something sick about our society… where we bulldoze the Amazon (which he called something biological, like the lungs of the earth) to grow soybeans for cows so we can have hamburger. I think this is our more likely specific ruin. It really is an insanity. His moral of the story was that we should stop spreading our view of life where spiritual medicine are outlawed.

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    • Marleen April 19, 2019 / 11:40 am

      This is the guy I was mentioning.

      Is the house of history built on foundations of sand? | Graham Hancock | TEDx

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      • Marleen April 19, 2019 / 11:40 am

        Graham Hancock: America Before-Exposing the Cover-Up of Ancient Advanced Civilisations RT

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        • Marleen April 19, 2019 / 11:44 am

          Here is where he speaks of ruining the Amazon rainforest.

          Graham Hancock – The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK

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  3. Sue Vincent April 18, 2019 / 11:23 pm

    That’s the problem with prophecies… they never tell the whole story…

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  4. newepicauthor April 19, 2019 / 5:46 am

    I enjoyed the way you made the New Clear Winter sound like nuclear winter with both containing a layer of smoke and dust in the atmosphere that is blocking the sun’s rays.

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    • Fandango April 19, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Thanks. I figured that the word “nuclear” would morph into “New Clear” by the religious leaders who associated it with their “Lord,” several centuries after a global calamity.

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      • Marleen April 22, 2019 / 5:21 pm

        That’s one aspect that was making it sad.

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  5. Marleen April 19, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    I hope this link goes to where I want it to go. [Warning: it will continue on with other news stories, while this link isn’t exactly a “news story” but is instructive.]

    George “W” Bush actor: ….. “By the time they know which end’s up, I got a whole army a coal-power zombie dolphins building more nukes to send to I-ran.”

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  6. Michele Jones April 22, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Oh, those poor people. You never know what will happen when a prophecy comes to light. Loved the twist ending.

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  7. Hélène - Willow Poetry April 22, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    Oh, what an ending. Let’s hope we don’t ever see this in our own lifetime.

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