Glory And Brilliance

He did not say much, never did. In all the years the teachers and students knew him, he never said more than was necessary. He was known for some words which he spoke in exhilaration as his students blossomed under his direction.

“Glory, glory. The brilliance, the brilliance.”

So it was appropriate that when his coffin was brought into the auditorium on that day, his students and colleagues gave a heartfelt performance of his favourite piece by Bach. At the end, he was bid farewell with fervent goodbyes.

“Glory, glory. The brilliance, the brilliance.”

He would have liked that.

Word Count: 99

Written for this week’s Trifextra Writing Challenge:

This week we are giving you a page from the Oxford English Dictionary. The ninety-ninth page, to be exact. From this page, you can choose any word, any definition, to use in your post. (Please type your chosen word in bold, so we know.) And instead of our typical 33-333 word limit, we are asking for 99 words exactly.


  1. cobourgcobbie

    As a teacher, myself, I have always maintained that, to make a positive difference in the lives of others is the hallmark of a life well-lived. As many commentators have already stated, when my time comes to head out to the Great Beyond, I want a choral reading, by all those those lives I have touched, of the scene in the first Harry Potter book when Hagrid bursts into the tiny shack on the little rocky island and informs the thunderstruck Harry that he is, indeed, a wizard and has been special his whole life, even though he always felt ordinary and underwhelming. Finish up with a cup of piping hot tea and everything would be perfect. Thanks for creating such a lovely piece of writing. You have my vote for this challenge. 🙂

    1. Anne Chia

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I think very often teachers are overlooked and not given enough credit due to them. Your ideal way to be sent off sounds perfect! What we wish and how we impact people comes through at the end I think. I believe that. Thanks for your kind vote too 🙂

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