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Don't Shoot the Messenger

March 3, 2022
By Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
18 articles 2 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

(No matter how long the day, evening comes)


            There she was, bright, yellow, there. I saw her in a patch of grass, alone in a cluster of ragged, sharp leaves. She grew. It was chilly, far too cold for her. My skin prickled and buzzed with the need for warmth and my hands rubbed my arms absent-mindedly as I stared.

            I leaned down to her and my dry, cracked hand caressed her stem. I pulled. I ripped her out of the ground and held her in my hand, fragile and free. My hand was stained from the clotted earth tangled in her roots.  The world stared at her with me, a marvel of nature. Humming proceeded to encompass my brain, crowding my thoughts with the possibility of spring. Oh spring! Winter had moved in, crowded my space with her junk, and laughed at me with cold, rotting breath. But spring… now spring would never do that. She’s warm and funny, and I like the way she smiles. This dandelion meant she was coming!

            But as I held her dying in my hand, a pang of guilt began to throb in my chest. She did not ask for this. She was but a messenger, a courier of sorts, meant to guide us towards the light of spring. Listlessness at my decision wracked my body. A restless tremor of negligence tickled at me and I shivered. I did not know what to do.

            I made up my mind and gingerly, I placed her on the ground, her body limp and drained of color. Her golden luster dulled to a sickly shine as her life force drained onto the grass that cradled her corpse.

            There was a ceremonious moment of silence, even the birds recognized what I had done and ceased to chirp. I shuffled awkwardly and stared at her as she took her last dying breath. Then it was over. She was dead and I was alive. The clouds began to progress again across the sky, obscuring the sun. In the gray of the day I walked on.


The author's comments:

I thoroughly enjoy finding the meaning behind little encounters in life.


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PowerPaws GOLD said...
on Aug. 4 at 11:39 pm
PowerPaws GOLD, Gampaha, Other
12 articles 40 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If I'm going to die, I'd like to actually live first.” ― Rachael Lippincott

"I wanna live."

"Don't forget where you belong"

“If we could only have this life for one more day. If we could only turn back time. You know I'll be your life, your voice, your reason to be." - One Direction

“Always be yourself" - Little Mix

“Everyone in this world is breathing borrowed air.” - Five Feet Apart

“If this year has taught me anything, it's that grief can destroy a person.”

“Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.”

“I would always rather be happy than dignified." - Jane Eyre

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”

“Baby you light up my world like nobody else."

"Futures don't make themselves, you have to create them."

"Don't assume the answer is no before you ask the question."

Very well done!! 👏❤️

Samhradh GOLD said...
on Mar. 15 at 10:35 am
Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
18 articles 2 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

(No matter how long the day, evening comes)

@Lillerz I appreciate your feedback!

Lillerz said...
on Mar. 12 at 10:30 pm
Lillerz, Kalispell, Montana
0 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Lord, what fools these mortals be!

I really loved how descriptive everything was!

Samhradh GOLD said...
on Mar. 8 at 2:43 pm
Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
18 articles 2 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

(No matter how long the day, evening comes)

@Afra thank you!

Afra DIAMOND said...
on Mar. 7 at 8:16 am
Afra DIAMOND, Kandy, Other
79 articles 7 photos 1683 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can’t ask other people to believe you and vote for you if you don’t back yourself."
-Jacinda Ardern-

"If I can make someone's day brighter, happier, better, that makes me happier."
-Ava Max-

"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

"A Bridge Has Two Sides."
-Elsa- (Fictional character- Frozen)

“I knew who I was as a girl but I had to find who I was as a woman.”
-Delta Goodrem-

Summer, your writings are beautiful and touching like the summer itself...I enjoyed reading this...☆☆☆