Monday, April 4, 2011

Catatonia - Flash Fiction - A to Z Challenge


Please don't leave me, whoever you are. Your touch is the only thing holding me now in this, one of two worlds.

I cannot make sense of the sounds I hear; whirring and shuffling, whispers and echoes. They come from all sides of me, even above and below. Do they move, or is it me? I cannot tell. I think that I should speak, must speak, but it seems that I have forgotten how. Maybe I have never known. But I hear you speak to me; if only I could answer.

I know the dark from light; but the dark to which I refer is not the blackness of that other world which draws me from time to time. When it is light, I sense a glow somewhere outside of me; when it is dark, the glow is gone, but I am still here; when the blackness takes me, there is Nothing. I know it is Nothing simply because I leave it for Something. Which is here. Which is you.

The blackness is heavy, warm, comforting. It blots out everything else, and seduces me with its promise of forgetfulness. For I have become aware of pain, coursing through me in regular waves. I try and will it away, but it cleverly sneaks about my body, a nip here, a bite there; it sits on my chest and licks its paw, heavy and ominous in its prophecy.

Your hand cups my face and you sing, your voice low and just by my ear.

I know that song!

So, it is you, my love.
Please don't leave me.

(I broke my own rule; I wrote this last week to post before the challenge, discarded it, rewrote it, tweaked it, got an opinion and decided to use it today.)

15 comments:

  1. Beautifully written! What else can I say, Beautiful :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  2. I'm glad that you broke the rule! Very poignant. Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. well it is touching - gee. Wish I'd written some in advance as d and e are possible headaches; actually I thought of a good idea for e in the middle of the night and have forgotten, frustratingly - keep up the good stuff.

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  4. Awesome. I'm adding the term Flash Fiction to my vocabulary. I guess what I'm doing for my A to Z Challenge might be termed Flash Fiction in Slow Motion.

    I like your writing style.

    Lucy

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  5. Don't beat yourself up. It was rough at one point, you unroughed it, and now we get to read it in freshunroughedness. : )

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  6. Thanks everyone! I normally try to reply to comments on my posts, but with the A to Z going on it's all I can do to visit YOUR blogs and comment! But, I do appreciate each and every word and that you took the time to read and leave your thoughts.

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  7. Li, I really love the way you write. Every time I read it, I feel like a fish who has been hooked and caught and pulled toward the unknown end. I love it. You're very talented! :)

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  8. Great piece Li - glad you decided to post it!
    Lx

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  9. Beautifully written,

    Thanks for your visit and comment.
    Yvonne,

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  10. Amazing...as always. So glad you decided to pull it out and post it. Wonderfully done.

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  11. Heyo... just going to quote this and leave a link to it like always... :)

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