Young Writers On Love and Silence
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Can you hear me?
I stop, staring at this little old lady sitting on the park bench. Of course I can, but I’m really too busy to sit and chat. Besides, she doesn’t even know me. Why would she want to talk to me, someone who’s clearly got too little time to waste with her. I lift my feet to continue, already calculating how long it’ll take me to get to my meeting. Maybe if I run ...
Sit down, please.
This time, I know she’s talking to me. Her eyes are clear blue, and are totally focused, unlike all the old people I see. And they’re looking right at me, piercing me with this look that says, “You’re not too busy to talk to me for a bit.” My heart gives a little twinge, as if already resigning itself to this lady, and thus to being late.
I sit down on the bench, shifting uncomfortably, trying to get as far as possible from this lady as the two-person bench will allow. My briefcase bounces on my lap as my legs jitter in anticipation. I’ll be running. That is for sure.
Her voice creaks, like she hasn’t spoken in a while. And she begins to tell me her life. How she grew up during the Depression. How she fell in love with a man 10 years her senior, and married. How he broke her heart, like she knew he would, and how he had a name she loved: Richard …
She whispers something into my ears … tears roll down my face, falling onto my briefcase and turning that shiny brown leather to a dark dull black. I turn to look at her, to ask her to repeat those words I haven’t had spoken to me in at least thirty years and a lifetime ago, but she’s gone. I curl up on the bench, and cry.
I love you, son.
Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/84127
My foggy ventures clouded up the glass
Distorted in my mind my greatest thoughts
Condensation formed with hand on task
For this no more time I will allot
As the thorns they pierced my withered hands
Blinding weary bonds to set me free
Of my once pursued and wondered trance
Back to where one’s mind does wish to be
Can it be, no, time will only tell
Crystalized, no theory set in place
Was it the wind to catch me when I fell
They come, in time, to watch my fall from grace
If I could see, would you, my friendship take
Fiery, like the ice that’s set in stone
Judging, if a judge I truly make
Silent, yes I’m silent to the bone
The world is one stressful place being in Tsarist Russia and of the lower middle class. I am a rather tall fellow, and I am told that I am rather androgynous. The ridicule from people as a child was demoralizing, and I decided to separate myself from others and from that. I have a different perception of things from the average person. I find beauty in a freshly crafted blade or horseshoe, rather than things that “normal” people find beautiful. They scare me to death. I have encountered situations that still to this day make me cringe: the sight of a baby puppy, a meadow of flowers, but the worst was the sunset on January 22, 1892….
Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/84998
They stare at me, with eyes of a child,
curious yet confused,
never knowing why I look
so lost, so distressed, so alone.
My trembling hand clutches his locket
as I sit as still as stone,
looking at the page in front of me, no longer legible.
The tears escape my eyes, slowly running down my face,
smearing the words, causing them
to collide, constructing a puddle of ink,
yet I know every word written.
The words swirl in my head, “He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead,” like a tornado at full speed.
The repetition never stops, creating a sensation of loneliness.
The people that stare don’t know what I have been through,
the pain I have endured,
the days of suffering.
If only I could reach out of my 30 x 30 confinement and tell them,
tell them he is dead; that he died for his country,
that he was everything I had,
but I cannot;
I am trapped in time,
never moving forward, never changing, trapped in this one picture,
forever heartbroken, forever distressed, forever without him,
I will always be lost.