Death in the Morning

The room was hushed, save for the mournful keening of notes emanating from the old electric organ in the corner. The wild-haired woman at the keyboard looked depressed as if she had gone through a hard life of misery; her magnified eyes blinking furiously behind large spectacles, her hands moving as if of their own accord over the notes and chords; sharps and flats, majors and minors.

People quietly nodded a solemn greeting to their neighbour as they took a seat amongst the rows of chairs laid out. All eyes were turned to the front. Two young women entered the room, catching up on news and each other’s lives with whispers and giggles. A short burst of laughter from one of them drew a couple of stares and frowns, quenching their good humour as they quickly found their places.

Outside, the sky burst with brilliant blue. Clouds scudded across the azure canvas like puffs of white cotton wool, rejoicing in freedom. Trees danced and shouted a welcome to the breeze, echoed by the flowers bobbing in the hedgerows. Nature was alive; bright, glorious and exultant.

As the final funereal note from the organ died, the elderly man seated at the front of the room stood wearily. His face was grey and lined with years of disappointment. He gazed out at those seated before him, and sighed heavily. How could he fill their hearts with hope today when his was so bereft of it? He was about to utter the same words he had uttered so many times before; words that did not seem to make a difference to those who came, to those who heard.

“Good morning, and welcome to our Sunday Praise and Worship Service.”

© 2008 Jeannette Sheehy


  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 6 years ago

    a women of many talents well written, love the twist at the end.

  • thanks Kazz! I wrote this a couple of years back…and decided to take the plunge and put it on RB…(it’s kind of based on my true life experience for a couple of years!!! and I was one of the giggling wimmen!!) Thanks so much for the kind comment :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    oh that had me intrigued…
    I love how it’s not what we thought it was!!!

  • thanks so much Karin.. I really appreciate it. I went to a church like that for a couple of years…now I go to a great vibrant and lively church, thank goodness!! :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 6 years ago

    now why dosnt that surprise me

  • Wayne Cook
    Wayne Cookover 6 years ago

    Superbly written, a sharp left turn at the end drove me to excitement at an author who has a vibrant and creative mind!

  • thank you so much Wayne – I really appreciate you reading and commenting on this :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • iAN Derrick
    iAN Derrickover 6 years ago

    Like they say in de good books…“Dat dame has bin truly blessed.”

  • thankee most kindly sir ::curtsey:: Certain writer folk on RB have motivated me and inspired me to try a little scribing. :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • MillicentMorrow
    MillicentMorrowover 6 years ago

    Great descriptive piece. Most enjoyable..

  • thank you very much Millicent – I still have your last piece roaring round my noggin!

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • Mark Bateman
    Mark Batemanover 6 years ago

    Well, well Mrs Sheehy. That’s some writing, and some twist! Fantastic. So not only are you a great photographer, but you are a great writer too! We look forward to some non parodies of non RB folk.. ;)

  • lol…it’s a description of how I felt for a couple of years when we were stuck in a church like this when I first moved to the states. :) I think I will leave the witty parodies to the excellent Messrs. Bateman & Derrick LLC.

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...over 6 years ago

    wow, mz j, wasnt expecting this. will need a re read, great descriptions, i can see the images so clearly from this…c xx

  • Thank you so much c – I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m paying for it this morning though, having stayed up so late last night writing it. (I lost my first draft when our old computer crashed a few weeks back). Cheers m’dear!! J :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 6 years ago

    Lol, should be sent out to all churches as a ‘wake-up call’!! You’ve really nailed it, great twist!

  • Thanks Enivea…glad you enjoyed it! :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

  • tjsnow
    tjsnowover 6 years ago

    That was beautiful. You really paint a picture with this.

  • thank you so much – I’ve only just started scribbling stuff I’m glad you liked it :)

    – Jeannette Sheehy

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