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THIS IS A 100 WORDS CONTEST ENTRY

Common Ground

Published by MARIE KAUFMAN | Saturday, August 14, 2010 11:53 PM


BR 100 Word Contest



When we meet, you wear the brown sandals I carried across 6,753 miles. Your pale feet, slipped delicately into the skin of my country, distract. Over coffee, we discuss my writing. Yours. My children. Yours. My wife. Unspoken things hide between the gestures our fingers make while raising and lowering cups. Restless, we walk the gardens, lush and blooming, behind the small café. Our time together seeps quickly into dark soil of blue flowers. Before parting, I long to press my lips to your eyelids – an intimate tradition of my people, but do not. Here, it would mean something different.



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Johanna - Thursday, August 26, 2010 4:54 PM.


I think the line "your pale feet, slipped delicately into the skin of my country, distract" is fantastic! I think it's interesting how you create this sense of travel and movement that carries throughout the story and yet, simultaneously, there is this suspension of that movement and time as the stories are discussed and they sit over coffee. Very nice!

4Him - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:55 AM.


I love how you say, "we discuss my writing. Yours. My children. Yours. My wife." And as readers, we're looking for "Yours" and by withholding, you add another layer into the depth of this relationship. Love it, Marie!

-Megan

cmak15 - Sunday, August 15, 2010 12:57 PM.


I find it interesting that this story has several references to the five senses. My favorite line is " Our time together seeps quickly into dark soil of blue flowers." I love the image of blue flowers. Great job.