50-Word Story: Buwan

Photo byย FlyTrapMan

I’ll enshroud my flaws, Buwan decided. Every night, she draped half her face, so her imperfections were hidden from view. She didn’t realize true beauty shined from the inside.

“Don’t turn away from me,” Zeme pleaded.

“I won’t,” she promised, yet her secrets remained hidden, and love kept its distance.

My short story was inspired by the term, “tidal locking” which is when the Moon orbits the Earth, and only one side is visible. The hidden part is referred to as “the far side of the moon.”

Buwan is “Moon” in Tagalog.

Zeme is “Earth” in Czech.


Lovely Lunatic Moon cards by FlyTrapMan. Clickย HEREย to capture Buwan!


  1. Buwan is always hiding her true love from Zeme.
    “Why is there always a dark side
    When the moon shines so bright.
    Who’s taking us on this blindfold ride
    While our reasoning is out of sight”.

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  2. Such a traject tale. Poor Buwan hiding her imperfections. She doesn’t realize that it’s our imperfections which makes us who we are and draws in others who fall in love indifferent to our flaws or maybe because of them. For we need the dark side of ourselves as its the only way to see the light. For the sun begets all things but it is also eclipsed by the moon.

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  3. Your writing is exceptional for in 50 words you weave a tale that stays with me. One that is hauntingly beautiful and makes me want to go out in the darkness and find the dark side of the moon and search her secrets.

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  4. Also, your writing is exceptional, full of darkness and beauty. It makes me want to go out and search for the moon’s secret on a dark night when the dark side is in view… jc

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    • I know. Itโ€™s a crazy time, and as much as Iโ€™ve enjoyed blogging, it can be a distraction to the realities of life. I donโ€™t blame you for setting sail to warmer seas.


      • Its hard to see the turn over
        Of whom the bloggers are
        And who I was comfortable
        With but its true that this is life
        & at best we have to try to lick it

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  5. I haven’t been around a long time, Rose. This 50 word story caught my eye because of the name Zeme. I love the word ๐Ÿ™‚ Different languages pronounce it slightly differently. In Latvian it is [ze’me]. Feminine. But I absolutely don’t mind the masculine use ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the Moon being feminine – in Latvian, the Moon is masculine ๐Ÿ˜€ I never liked that.

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