Month: February 2014

The 16th of May 1973 – Louisville, Kentucky

(found in the narthex of Hope Lutheran Church)

I thought about bolting. Let’s get that out of the way first.

One day, when this is a long-forgotten and crumpled up piece of paper – because I’m never showing it to you – I’ll sit across from you on the couch, in front of a fireplace, after the kids have gone to bed, and I’ll tell you, right after I gulp down a mouthful of Merlot, that I thought about bolting.

I mean, I didn’t. That’s what I’ll say. I thought of it without thinking it. It was more of a proposition that popped into a weak mind, one focused more on keeping the tremble out of my hands than the infinite commitment I was about to step into, and it was a proposition that was easily dismissed. I mean, that’s what I’ll say.

I’m pacing around this room. I’m pacing and I’m pacing, and I’m rehearsing my vows, and I’m wondering why they’re so long. I’m pacing and I’m pacing and I’m turning over the wedding band in my free hand, the one that isn’t trembling with the sheet of vows, and I’m wondering over and over again who decided to get a ceramic wedding band.

I get the circle, the infinite and enduring circle with no end and no beginning. I understand it, and that’s great. It’s a tad confusing, I’ll be honest, because I keep spinning the thing around over and over, and I don’t see any beginning, which I find odd, honestly, odd. But it lacks an ending, too. That’s good. It keeps going.

I had my doubts about ceramic. I told you that. I told you that I thought it would chip or break or smudge. I told you I thought it would tarnish, and you told me that only metal could tarnish, and then I gave up. I told you to go ahead, honey, buy it.

I’m pacing around this room. I’m pacing and I’m pacing, and I’ve been flipping this thing back and forth around in my hand, jiggling it like an Atlantic City gangster jiggles spare change. I’ve been jiggling it, and – let’s just get this out of the way for once and for all – I’ve dropped it at least half a dozen times. I’ve dropped the wedding band on this cold, stone floor at least a dozen times, maybe two or three dozen, but I shouldn’t tell you that.

I will tell you this.

It hasn’t chipped. It hasn’t shattered, and it hasn’t been smudged a bit.

I’ve decided that my vows are too long. They really are. I think I’ve only got three words to say. Maybe I’ll tack on a fourth.

See you soon. See you forever.

Love,

Clark

 

Check out more great responses to this week’s challenge here:

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The 6th of March 1997 – Fishkill, New York

(found taped to a mirror in her bathroom)

Dear You,

I just got back in from a walk, and I’m feeling a bit woozy. I was out for, well, I’m not sure how far I went or how long I was gone, but I’m feeling a bit woozy. I haven’t eaten in, well, a while I guess. I haven’t slept either, too. I had some water, just when I came in from the walk. So don’t worry, I’m drinking water. I know how you worry.

I bought one of those toy basketball hoops. They had it at the pharmacy a few blocks down the road. Now I have it hanging over my bedroom door. The thing just makes me so happy, tossing that orange rubber ball at the little plastic hoop. And the hoop just hangs there. No matter what you do, the hoop just hangs there. It just sticks to the doorframe like a goddamned object, and it lets whatever just bounce right off it.

I’m so happy. I’m not sure why, but I am. It’s amazing how happy you can be when you just, well, when you just decide to be, when you let that happiness just become its own thing that floats out of you and hangs there, like a little toy basketball hoop, like a goddamned object.

Happiness can be created, and once it’s created it can be held onto. Personas can be crafted out of pure nothing. The opportunities are limitless. You just have to tell yourself. You just have to make yourself.

Every time you’re down, I want you to remind me of the time you bought this little toy basketball hoop and the afternoon you spent laughing and throwing a little rubber ball at it. Every time you’re down, I want you to remind me of the time you went on this walk, of the time you saw the sun set over the Hudson, of the time you made him laugh and laugh and made yourself laugh too.

You can do that. You can tell yourself what you need to hear. Do it sometimes, at least, if not all the time, just enough to get by.

You have no obligation to the world. Neither does it to you, of course, but remember that. You are free to make what you please out of whatever you please. You don’t have to let it drag you down. You can cut it loose and let it fall away while you soar into the goddamned sky.

From,

Me

 

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  4. Join me for a writing challenge at The Daily Post | Butterfly Mind
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  29. WWC: Fenghuang | Kingdom of Sharks
  30. you are a box of | y
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  32. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… | Mirth and Motivation
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  56. Alarm | Stealing All the Sevens
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  59. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object – Seat: 49B | SA:ME (사메)
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  66. Me, the Fockers and a Cosmo. | Hope* the happy hugger
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  68. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | medicinalmeadows
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  72. L’Object de Superflu | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
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  85. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | Lady K’s Lounge
  86. Minding the day. | jenny’s lark
  87. Chasing The Disc | Good2begone
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  92. FINDING MR. RIGHT | DANDELION’S DEN
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The 20th of March 1944 – Devon, England

(found in a dusty trunk in a dusty attic)

Dearest Linda,

They’ve still got us holed up here on the coast. I’m not sure what they’ve got planned for us, but it seems to be a whole big thing. At least, it seems like it’s going to be a whole big thing. Right now all we’ve got to do is smoke cigarettes and drink tea.

They’re sending us to France, that’s for damned sure. With North Africa and most of Italy already free of the Germans, all that’s left to do is free the Frenchies. The Germans’ll be ready for us, that’s for damned sure, but there’s good wine on the other side of the coast. They say there’s good women too, but I’ll be good for you, dear. I’ll leave that sort of stuff to the other guys.

Harold keeps asking about you. Maybe you remember him, the private from Bloomington, Indiana? Ever since he saw your picture back at training in Tuscaloosa, he’s been asking about you. So, he says hello, and he hopes your well. He wants you to know he’s doing well, and he’s looking forward to the wine and the women on the other side of the Nazi defenses. He keeps telling me that he’ll get one “for the both of us.” “For the both of us,” he always says. I just laugh.

Boy, are the other guys excited, like we’re all about to step on the field for the first game of a World Series or something. They’re singing songs and whooping and yelling, and I think they’ll be doing that even as we’re lining up to get on our transports. Maybe those Nazi bullets’ll finally get them to shut up.

I don’t know exactly what to expect, but I know it won’t be any baseball game. I’m just going to try to be careful. I want you to know that, Linda. I’m just going to do my best to be as careful as I can be.

I got your other picture, the one you sent a few weeks back. I don’t know if I let you know that, but I got it. You look so beautiful, Linda, standing with that big yellow ribbon tied around that big tree. You should know that, I think. You look so beautiful.

I want a big tree like that in our yard, whenever this mess is over, whenever we can just get on with our lives. I want a big tree like that, an oak with some of those thick branches for tire swings and tree houses. I want a tree and a yard and a house and some kids, and I want it all with you, dear.

I do miss you, Linda. I honestly, really do miss you.

James

The 15th of January 1964 – New York, New York

(found underneath the bench that they had shared)

Holly, baby –

You’re sitting right next to me. You’re right next to me, so close your hand keeps bumping my knee and your hair keeps tickling my cheek, so close I can feel the warmth of your smile.

I keep looking at you. I’m watching the creases on your face, baby. I’m watching them smooth and furrow as you smile to the other passengers. I’m watching the curves of your cleavage as it all ducks safely behind your blouse. I’m watching that spot on your neck that I know you like.

I keep looking at you, and I know you’re sitting right next to me, but I keep seeing you through the wrong end of a telescope. Somehow, baby, you – sitting next to me on the subway – found yourself up on a pedestal in the Louvre. Somehow, baby, you – slouched against that streaky window – seem to be floating by me, up in the sky with the clouds.

I’ve never, ever, ever felt so close to you. Holly, I’ve never felt so close to anyone.

Holly, dear oh dear, you are an intoxicant. I can feel you, whatever it is, just in the air around us. I breathe it in and drink it up. I let it percolate in my brain and give it the chance to just knock me out cold. And if I give it that chance, I know that it’s going to take over. It’s going to just knock me straight out cold.

You know I’m overheating right now. I’m sweating through my shirt, sitting here next to you while we zip through this freezing tunnel underneath our city. The fluorescent bulbs above us can flicker bright and dark all they want because, Holly, I’ve got enough light just sitting here next to you.

It’s that intoxicant, Holly. I feel it picking away at pieces of my brain, just the way alcohol erodes away at my consciousness. Is it love? Is that what this feeling is, this drug, this anesthetic to the mundane obscurities of reality?

Whatever it is, Holly, I’m feeling overwhelmed. I’m so sorry baby, but I’m just feeling overwhelmed.

Holly, baby, I want to kiss you. Holly, Holly, I’m feeling overwhelmed.

I want to kiss you.

Now hold my hand, please.

Isaac

The 31st of March 1994 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

(found under a half-drunk bottle of Fulton)

Dear Lukas,

I saw her again.

I don’t know, I was out at the bar on 7th and Nicollet, and I saw her.

I don’t know what happened first. I saw her, and this hush muffled all the noise around me. The clinking glass and silverware, the talking and the screaming, the music all shut up beneath a suddenly collapsed ceiling of cotton balls.

I was already dizzy when I walked up to her. I gagged on the first words I was trying to say, but I did finally get the sentence out.

“Hello,” I said. “How are you?”

She said nothing.

“Listen, let’s get a drink,” I said, picking up steam. “Just a drink. We can talk, like that last time. Let’s just get a drink and talk like that last time.”

She still said nothing.

“I know how it ended,” I said. “But come on, just a drink, like old times, like last time. Let me buy you a quick drink, and we can just sit down.”

But she still said nothing.

I mean, she wouldn’t even move, and the way she sat there – stony, smooth and silent – the way she sat there just made it feel like candlewax had been dripped into my ears and had gummed up the works. Everything went away, no longer muffled, but just dead.

I could see so much happening, so much noise around me – and I had to because I just couldn’t stand to keep my eyes on just her any more. Those sounds, once vibrant, once muffled were now shut off.

In that sort of silence the only thing left for the brain to do is hear its own thoughts echo around an empty skull. That reverberation grows and grows, starting as the mutters of a cooing puppy and then rising up to the snarls of an attack dog. That reverberation slams itself against clogged eardrums, hoping to smash a way out, but finding no exit. I felt my eyes flutter and my knees weaken as that reverberation filled every nook and every cranny of my mind.

And then she touched me, lightly and on the arm.

“Just a drink,” I said, the melted candlewax dripping from my earlobe. “Just a drink.”

At this she stood up from the bar, and she finally spoke.

“No.”

She smiled.

“I’m sorry.”

She nodded her head, now flushed deep red.

“So sorry.”

She whispered it.

“Last time isn’t coming back.”

She went through the door.

Then she left me there, in absolute silence.

Marco

 

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  32. The sound of silence | Boulevard Bellerive
  33. Hear no evil | Jenna Dee
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  42. Silence is Louder. | TNT
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  46. Clamorous Silence, What A View | Wandering Gypsy Spirit
  47. Born into Silence | Running Brook Reflections
  48. Silence: Bus Minutiae | WWC | i dont even know what im doing here
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  65. Silence And It’s Lessons | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
  66. Silence And It’s Lessons | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
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  68. On Silence | Chasing Yellow
  69. The Blog Farm | Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence
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The 19th of June 1982 – Hometown, Pennsylvania

(found where nobody else could see it)

Dear Matthew,

Do you think you’re right?

I shouldn’t start with that, I know, because it’s been such a long time, and it was so nice to have received your letter. But I feel the question must be asked. Whatever you think of me, however little or much, has been made very clear. But now I would like to know what exactly you think of yourself.

Tell me, please, what do you think is happening in the mind of someone who differs from you, someone who disagrees with you, someone like me. I think, if you think about it, you’ll find that – whoever they are and whatever they think – they’re convinced of their own correctness to the same degree as you.

I know you think I’m childish. I know you think I’m unprepared and naïve and weird and that I’ll soon come to regret most or all of the decisions I’ve made so far. I know, and I know this most of all, that you have affixed that label onto me, your favorite term for those moral castoffs quaking at your feet. I know you call me with my habits “unhealthy.”

I’m tired of you saying that you’ve “never seen me that way.” I’m starting to think that you’ve just never seen me.

I may be wrong. You may be wrong. I may be right, and you could be right too. What we both know, what I am certain is what gives you the most comfort, is that you have more people on your side than I have on mine. The lucky thing is, though, we aren’t fighting a war. I don’t need to convince you of anything. I’m just trying to live.

I can’t tell if you really are that stilted, stagnant and boring of a human being, or if you’re merely trying to maintain some façade of adult maturity.

It’s hard for me to believe the latter as your behavior strikes me as being so childish.

I know you want me to live one of those lives, normal, functional, productive like a good citizen. It’s always about the path with you, the path and following it. When it isn’t, when you finally open your eyes, catch a glimpse of the world and take a detour, it’s always conscious and deliberate. It’s always just another path for you, always following a path.

I’m sorry Matthew, even though I’m not. I appreciate your patience and your care, but I’m sorry because I know that I can’t do that. Even if I wanted to, I know that I just can’t do something like that.

Harry

Check out other submissions for the Daily Prompt here:

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The 18th of February 1945 – Bastogne, Belgium

(found in a dusty trunk in a dusty attic)

Dear Linda,

I’m sorry for not writing you sooner. We finally pushed back the Krauts a few weeks ago – we’re chasing them hard now, straight into Germany! – but I didn’t get out of the hospital until this morning. They said that I was out cold in a coma for ten days straight. I only really remember waking up a few times over the past couple of days. But whatever happened to me didn’t hurt me too much so don’t worry.

Maybe they’ll discharge me. That would be too bad, what with the war being so close to over, but I’d love to finally see you again. We’d finally be able to get started on that life we’ve spent so much time dreaming about.

They told me it was Valentine’s Day last Wednesday. I slept right through it! I hope you weren’t disappointed. I hope you weren’t expecting anything. But I’ll make it up to you, I promise, I swear.

This last battle was tough. I really do hope they send me home soon. I’m really getting sick of the blood and the death.

I saw a man’s heart, Linda. It was horrifying, the way he had been revealed to the world. It was a corporal, and I found him lying on his back at the base of an oak tree in the Ardennes. He must have lain over a grenade or a mortar shell because his ribs were just torn right off. I saw his heart, Linda, right out in the cold breeze, in a puddle of red slush at the base of an oak tree in the Ardennes. Somehow the thing was still beating. I don’t know why I’m telling you this.

It reminded me of seven years ago. Remember that? I cut a heart out of construction paper and scribbled a little poem on it. I walked right up to you at the dance, by the punch bowl, and I told you how I felt. I told you right in front of everyone, in that stuffy gymnasium, next to the punch bowl.

That heart I cut out of the construction paper looked nothing like his. His was raw and gross and alive.

I need to see you soon. I need to feel you warm in my arms and smell you sweet in my nostrils. I need you soon. I really hope they send me out of this place because I need to be with you soon.

Love,

James

Check out some other really great Valentine’s Day stories here.

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