Outside as Inside

“the rarest chords in the soul’s harmonics/ Are found in the minor strains of life.”

-E. Wheeler Wilcox,”Life’s Harmonies”

It started out as a happy song, but I loved the sound of the haunting minor chords too much. Keys tapped out A-minor, and soon there were tears in my eyes.  It’s difficult enough dealing with sexism as it is. It’s much more difficult dealing with it at home, coming from those you love. I traced the cracks on the wall, first gently, then savaging my fingers against the rough edges until they were numb. Outside, the sky was as gray as I was. The open door beckoned, a portal. The edges of my mouth turned up as I flew.

photo by sulaco229 at rgbstock.com

prompt provided by : http://lightandshadechallenge.blogspot.in/

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11 comments on “Outside as Inside

  1. There is so much to admire in this…rarely do I see a piece that can pack so much into so few words…I love the ending…the gray skies, and the gray emotion…and then the open door…the smile…and then flight! Very well done!

  2. I agree with Valerie, a tremendous piece of writing in just 100 words. The line, “I traced the cracks on the wall, first gently, then savaging my fingers against the rough edges until they were numb.” seemed to conjure up so much anger and heartache. A great line.

  3. Well, Mike beat me to it, but I second what he said about this line, “I traced the cracks on the wall, first gently, then savaging my fingers against the rough edges until they were numb.” Oh, that is good writing.

    As this was my first time at this challenge, I know how difficult it is to write something in 100 words. I thought you did a great job with this prompt:~)

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