THERE LIVED A KING

Once upon a time long ago there lived a king who built an amazing castle high atop a mountain in the desert.

From his aerie, the king could see almost his entire kingdom except for his capital city, which lay far to the south. Still, from the great height of his castle’s ramparts, he could see for many miles and it was magnificent.

But there were hardly any people. Eagles flew by. Sometimes one of these great birds would stop and perch on the castle walls, but then they moved on to wherever eagles go. Sometimes a passing mountain goat, looking for greener grasses came close, then wandered off.  No one came to visit. It was too far and too hard to reach.

castle colorado

Eventually, the king felt so isolated he barely remembered what it meant to be a king or why he had moved to a place so beautiful but empty. Realizing he was lonely and would remain so if he stayed where he was — after a few more years passed because he was a stubborn ruler and the real estate market for second-hand castles on desert mountaintops was soft — the king abandoned his mountain retreat.

He left the walls and the turrets for the wind, rain and wild creatures to do with as they would.The monarch took his most treasured belongings and returned to his city to be with people, his people. And there, with life bustling around him, he was no longer alone or lonely. Sometimes he missed his castle in the desert and dreamed of it.

By the Little Colorado Arizona

Away in the desert, atop its mountain perch, the castle began to crumble in on itself, yet even to this day, if you travel through the desert, you can see it. There it is, high on its perch in the Painted Desert, overlooking a tiny, silvery river. You can visit, if you like.



Categories: Fiction, Magic, Myths and Fables, Nature, Photography

Tags: , , , , ,

23 replies

  1. Been there… Great story, Marilyn. 🙂

    Like

  2. Somewhat like our castles. Those kings must have really felt lonely out there.While reading the story I hooked on the feeling.

    Like

  3. It almost reflects on the polictical leaders of the day. They are out of touch with what is going on with the people.
    Leslie

    Like

    • I wasn’t thinking of that, but it could fit. That’s the cool thing about mythology, even when you make it up. It fits into our world in a lot of ways because it comes out of a primitive part of our brains (or so I believe). Things like this write themselves, more or less.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. A great story – good for Once Upon a Time. It really does look like an abandoned castle.

    Like

    • Thank you. I’ve always thought that rock formation didn’t look like it had been carved by wind and water. But of course, you’d have to be a very skilled rock climber to get near enough to it to see what it really looks like. It doesn’t make a good “once upon a time” theme 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Quite an image.
    Better to be a peasant among people than a ruler in a empty castle.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. isnt that lovely. And yes, it does look like an ancient castle. Considering where the original London Bridge now lives, why not an ancient castle in the Painted Desert?

    Like

  7. I wish the story would have went on. I enjoyed it. Great pictures, where is it?

    Like

  8. Nice photos! Is that a little bit of flash fiction or a local legend?

    Like

    • My own local legend (flash fiction). It’s a natural rock formation, as far as anyone knows … but it looks like an ancient castle to me. Each time I’ve seen it, I wonder who would build a castle in so desolate — yet beautiful — wilderness? So I made it up. Someone will believe me. There’s always someone to believe you.

      Liked by 1 person

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

France & Vincent

Writing Magic, Myth and Mystery

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.

This, That, and The Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

Keep it alive

A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness

Covert Novelist

Just another WordPress site

Salted Caramel

Blogging, Motivation, Lifestyle and much more.

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.

Green Screen

The Environmental Movie Podcast

bushboys world

Photos of my world and other stuff I hope you will enjoy too. Photos taken with Canon PowershotSX70HS Photos can be purchased.

musingsofanoldfart

Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

My Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Views from the Edge

To See More Clearly

serial monography: forgottenman's ruminations

wandering discourse, pedantic rant, self-indulgent drivel, languorous polemic, grammarian's bête noire, poesy encroachment approaching bombast, unintended subtext in otherwise intentional context, unorthodox unorthodoxy, self-inflected rodomontade, …

draliman on life

Because sometimes life just makes you stop and think

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

sparksfromacombustiblemind

EMBERS FROM SOMEONE DOGGEDLY TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL...

The Day After

Musings, Photography, Writing, and More

THE SHINBONE STAR

NO LONGER ENCUMBERED BY ANY SENSE OF FAIR PLAY, EX-JOURNALISTS RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY TO FIGHT THE TRUMPIAN MENACE!

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World

ScienceSwitch

Your Source For The Coolest Science Stories

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

Curious Steph

explorations on the journey of living

Red's Wrap

Happiness. It's relative.

%d bloggers like this: