Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Disturbing the Universe

Alfred and I walked along the beach, shoes discarded and trousers rolled.  We watched a pair of ragged claws scuttle across the sand.  Suddenly Alfred paused.
            “Wait,” he said.  “Do you hear it?”
            “Hear what?” I asked.
            “The mermaids!  They are singing to each other!”
            I listened, hearing nothing but the crash of the surf and the cries of the gulls.  I shrugged and shook my head.  He sighed and looked at his feet.
            “I did so hope they were singing to me but now I do not think they ever will.”
            I could see the bald spot in the middle of his head.  I watched his hands squeeze the universe into a ball – his arms and legs so thin.
            I walked out into the waves.  The wind blew the water around me white and black.  Combing my hair from my face, I turned to Alfred and began to sing.

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  1. Aww...this story tugged at my heart. So compassionate and emotional. Thanks for sharing.

  2. So sweet and emotional. Well done!

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