Cosmic Dust


Do I want to be cremated first or do I want my body intact as it enters the sun?


How could I answer that with so little information? I had spent my life gathering data… analyzing… synthesizing… distilling down to the best possible decisions with what was known in my industry.


But this… this was different… This was outside my area of expertise and there were just too many unknowns to even know where to begin.


What happens to us in death? Is there anything beyond this existence? Will I need this body? Will this old, frail body last me in the beyond? Will I need to exchange this body as some kind of currency in the afterlife?


…Or …is there just nothing.


My musings slipped through the crack of my lucid mind to the pain-addled mind of the terminally ill as the nurse unhooked the IV and walked me back to my bed. As the pain began to take hold, I began to think of a time when I rebelled against Mother forcing us to church every Sunday morning. Trying to impart upon us the word of her God.


Maybe if I had heeded her example, I would know now what to do.


“Mother, what should I do?” I sobbed in pain.


“I’m not your mother and I can’t tell you what choice to make,” the nurse replied more gently this time. Or was that the pain’s illusion?


With pen gripped tightly, painfully in hand, I struggled which box to check until a calm chill rushed over me. A soothing voice, like the voice of Mother when we were young and afraid of thunder said, “Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.” I knew then which box to check and handed the completed form back to the starkly dressed nurse.


She left and I was again alone to gaze at the stars… cosmic dust …out my window. Despite the increasing pain, I was able to find peace in my sleep.


'Only' 14 Million Miles Away (NASA, Hartley 2,...

‘Only’ 14 Million Miles Away (NASA, Hartley 2, Comet, 10/06/10) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

—333 words—


Part I: How would you like to go up?


“Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19)


Trifecta: Week Eighty-Six


1a : a loud roll or peal <a crack of thunder>
b : a sudden sharp noise <the crack of rifle fire>
2: a sharp witty remark : quip
3a : a narrow break : fissure <a crack in the ice>  
b : a narrow opening <leave the door open a crack><cracks between floorboards> —used figuratively in phrases like fall through the cracks to describe one that has been improperly or inadvertently ignored or left out <a player who fell through the cracks in the college draft> <children slipping through the cracks of available youth services>
4a : a weakness or flaw caused by decay, age, or deficiency :unsoundness
b : a broken tone of the voice
c : crackpot
5: moment, instant <the crack of dawn>


  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
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8 thoughts on “Cosmic Dust

  1. Very poignant. The line: “Mother, what should I do” was like a grip on the heart. Really enjoyed this piece. Very nicely done.

  2. Nearly perfect … Your piece gave me a sense of peace may be because I am a star-gazer. I always get my ans from them and so did you this time ! Nicely done 🙂

  3. Very moving. It tugged at me. So thought provoking too. 🙂

  4. jannatwrites says:

    I like the opening line. There is so much to ponder in that one questions and it set the tone nicely for the story.

  5. Draug419 says:

    This is good. I like it.

  6. Kallan Annie says:

    Oh, the choices people have to make when they’re at their least resilient. A very moving piece.

  7. Very intense! This is a tough decision for many people. You really brought that home. Great use of interior monologue.
    My response to the prompt:

  8. zennjennc says:

    Glad everyone enjoyed the piece. Thanks for your kind comments.

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