May’s Guest Storyteller, Douglas MacIlroy


Douglas MacMillan MacIlroy is a former submarine pilot turned observatory night attendant who writes novels, screenplays, flash fiction and poetry, all for the joy of putting pen to paper. He lives on the Big Island of Hawaii and is a professional disc golfer.

This is what he has to say about his two thought-provoking 100 word stories below:

“The revelation that reincarnation is real hits hard, both to the outside observer and to those experiencing it for the first time.  Like it or not, a door in the mind is opened and the view through it is stunning”.


 “….’Twas all Astonishment”

 “I’m afraid,” cried Samahe as saffron and rose limned the eastern sky.

“Not even time itself will stand in the way of my return,” I whispered into my wife’s thick raven hair.

How the gods must have laughed.

At daybreak I left on the Silk Road, safeguarding a caravan of Lapis-Lazuli bound for distant Seres, far beyond the Taklamakan Desert.

A month out of Samarkand, bandits fell upon us. Carrion crows stripped my bones.

I will keep my promise.

For eight-hundred years and many lifetimes I have searched for my love.

When I find her, I will never leave.



Water fills my mouth with the taste of loam. Sunbeams illuminate my slowly billowing dress as I tumble along the muddy bottom into unbearable brightness and a letting go.

It was just a recurring dream until I saw the picture of the river in a travel magazine. I knew the spot even though I’d never been there before today.

County records note the drowning of a four-year-old girl in the War Eagle River on Maundy Thursday, April 1969. Three states distant and one day later, on Good Friday, I came wailing into this world.

I stand on the river bank, unhinged in time.

 Sarah says: Thank you so much for guest storytelling this month, Doug, and for your two beautifully written stories on the oft debated subject of reincarnation. For those with an interest in Doug’s perspective on time and writing, he has published a fascinating post about it on his blog at
You can find the links to previous guest storyteller posts at

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

7 thoughts on “May’s Guest Storyteller, Douglas MacIlroy”

  1. Thank you Sarah for introducing Douglas to us. His stories fascinate and intrigue me, bringing a sense of tragedy and deep awareness and an ethereal beauty. As soon as I can I definitely look forward to heading over to his blog to read more 🙂

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