Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Lisa Shambrook

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeWelcome to the TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, where creative minds meet epic movie music. To read the collective story in its entirety as it unfolds and for more details on this groundbreaking collaboration with Audiomachine click HERE.

Today’s featured guest writer is the poetic soul, Lisa Shambrook. Discover those silly dreams that keep us alive at The Last Krystallos.

* Listen to the inspiring track from Audiomachine’s Tree of Life album featured in the sidebar music player

Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – Day One – Tree of Life


As the storm finally subsided…and light, melodious rain fell, Zoe rested replete in Adam’s arms. Crepuscular rays bathed their searing, salty skin and Zoe’s soft smile lingered. Waves rippled and scintillating diamonds glittered on the ocean surface.

A drip, from the leaves above, sizzled as it touched her skin and Adam’s finger trailed the bead of water down to her breast, where he let it settle. Zoe raised her hand and stroked his thigh, their eyes meeting in calm satiety and love. Zoe’s hand smoothed across her belly and down into the sand.

“So, this is life…” Zoe sighed.

Adam nodded, “Giving and creating…” A wide grin spread across his freckled face as he lifted a daisy from behind her ear. “We’re intrinsic now…to this earth, to this life…to the dance of this planet.”

They laughed as an exultant neigh interrupted their moment, and they beheld their unicorn galloping across the endless stretch of sand and sea, daisies blooming beneath his hooves and waves crashing in his chaotic wake.

Laughter lit up the sky and Adam pulled Zoe’s lips to his. As they parted, a breeze danced across their bodies and they shivered in unison. Adam’s words resounded across the wide expanse as they embraced. “We are one.”

Across the ocean, on the far horizon, a mountain grumbled beneath simmering clouds.


© 2013 Lisa Shambrook

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17 thoughts on “Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Lisa Shambrook

  1. wow. this made me tear up in it’s beauty. the unicorn paragraph just killed me. the emotion between adam and zoe so powerful. stunning.


  2. Hi Lisa,

    And after Angela’s creativity, my friend, your words danced and resonated with a vibrancy and a rumble that could be heard in my living room. Excellent and thank you for your contribution to this collaboration.

    Gary 🙂


  3. I am grinning from ear to ear. This piece is so evocative, wrought with imagery and emotion. Adam and Zoe and the unicorn…oh…I love it. And the ominous ending leaves me hungry to read the next installment. What could await the couple and their steed now?


  4. Lisa is always able to capture the spirit of her characters and a story with small gorgeous details and delicate imagery. I agree with Shannon’s comment above when she uses the word “carefree”. This lovely piece is like riding a crest of a breeze.

    I’m now going back and reading all the preceding stories!


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