Eternal tableau before the baroque bell tower.Victim of bullies’ taunts and degradations; hand raised in submission, pliancy to gods of stone and sculpture.

Plea from within his marble soul as heavenly-laden leadened clouds gathered above the square.

“Free me,” he implored, “from my daily debasement.”

“Send these wretched birds who daily assault my dignity to avian hell.”

He waited for answering lightening bolt.

Sunday Photo Fiction, picture by Sally-Ann Hodgekiss (15 May 2017)