All gone for now

It could have been the sun, or the tops of the buildings, but I chose the foreground. Hope you enjoy my 100 word flash fiction challenge brought to you by Rochelle.


Emmy L Gant


The bin man collected the rubbish today.

He took away the crushed cans

And water bottles,

The sweet wrappers,

Bottle tops and half-eaten sandwiches,

The knot of discarded plastic bags,

And the heap of scrunched tissues.

The baby’s pacifier was stuck to lollipop sticks,

Balls of chewing gum and cigarette butts.


The needles had pierced the bag.

The spray can had leaked red paint.

Poking out of the torn newspaper

The gnawed chicken bones lay shattered.

While the blood stained handkerchief

Embraced the stinking whiskey bottle,

Which rattled on the bars.

He left behind

The unchanging view.



  1. Oh poetry of trash.. love it.


    1. It was quite trashy! Thank you.


  2. Yes, yes, I agree with Bjorn pure poetry.


  3. We could say that you answered the question in my story most poetically.
    Very well done, with good rhythm and contrasts.
    A great take on the prompt


    1. Thank you. It’s a great photo prompt. I just wondered what had been in that bin.


  4. Dear Rae,

    Dare I say your poem is pure rubbish? And I mean it as a compliment. Very well done.




    1. I’ll take it as a compliment, thank you.


  5. I really liked the images here; each one discrete and graphic. This worked really well for me.


    1. I don’t actually go rooting around in bins, so I’m glad it conjured up the right imagery. Thank you.


  6. Caerlynn Nash · · Reply

    Terrific imagery you’ve created. Trashy, yet colorful! 🙂


    1. Trash and rubbish can be quite inspiring. Thank you.

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  7. Really well done – so visual.


  8. amindst the rubbish, “he left behind the unchanging view.” perfect.


  9. Nicely written. Such common things melded together to create something uncommon.


    1. Interesting to see it like that, thank you.


  10. My kitchen bin isn’t so interesting – thank goodness! Well done, I liked this.


    1. Probably best that it isn’t! I’m sure ours is pretty dull too. Thank you.


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