Signatures never grow old

She practiced as a little girl writing how her future name would look.

Her name has always belonged to her with repetitions of flowing crescents and tails curling under letter Y’s, T’s and P’s.
She still keeps a driver’s license with his signature.
The day before he died he’d driven his orange car to work, a place of helping people.
He’d worried where the money went and dreamt about building his boat, a dream of over twenty years in designing.
He never did sail the seas.
And he had kept his tongue still when she was in the room.

Not talking to those you love is forgetting to sign your name into life.
You can talk in so many ways.
Un-clutter your heart.

A sigh, a shift of your shoulders to a downward position, moving forward in your seat….
A letter with a few sentences can tell a whole life to another life.
Your voice can be heard in your eyes.

This isn’t for the melancholy candy.
It is factual.
A blatant incision about a silence that is never quiet.
A silence that was there when he started the car’s engine in the morning and spoke of stuff.
Stuff fills up the toys we leave on our shelf.

She admits she has spoken real words to a few men in her life and for different reasons they left.

She admits she understands the silence better, it moves her to find the words.
Will words break the silence apart ?

© K S Hardy 2011

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Feelings and words fall on to the page
Sometimes they bite back
Sometimes they tug on our sleeve
Sometimes they have a cheeky grin
They stay once a page has found them
Words are faithful to us even in the dark

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  • Teacup
    Teacupalmost 4 years ago

    ooh, so many wonderful lines that I could quote… all wrapped together to paint such a wonderful picture of life… fantastic piece…x

  • Hi Teacup
    I wrote this with the impetus of being committed to who we are in life and to feel the fullness of our unique signature….sometimes it is for sure difficult to sign into life with 100 percent but I guess even 10 percent if better than zero percent…xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderalmost 4 years ago

    Great work KS, some days most of what I say seems better left unsaid
    A blatant incision about a silence that was never quiet
    As always a wonderful writing

  • Hi Tony
    Are there not so many different silences to hear?
    The silence of peaceful thoughts signing us into our life without complicated contracts sure sounds mighty wonderful to me..xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Christopher  Raggatt
    Christopher R...almost 4 years ago

    Such melancholic ink…

  • Hi there
    softly sighing as we sign in for another day of what will be…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • S .
    S .almost 4 years ago

    wow what a story you paint here, beautifully written ksue…

  • Hi Shoaib
    I thank you for you words and stopping by, I always appreciate that I have seen your signature on my page..xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • WolfSoul
    WolfSoulalmost 4 years ago

    I like how this has been put together AT, doesn’t leave your thoughts when your finished reading, excellent work ;

  • Hi
    thank you so much for such a wonderful comment…that is definitely something a writer loves to hear that the words are taken within after the reading aspect is over.. :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarralmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully written as always my friend. You are a master painter with words.

  • LOL….I am a messy painter at that me thinks… a lot verbs and adjectives are always scattered around me …;o))

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Duffboy
    Duffboyalmost 4 years ago

    So honest and simple. Sometimes words really are necessary, body language even more so.

  • Thank you!
    It is a known fact as I’m sure you are also aware of how body language is a huge part of communication.
    That is why I see art in any form written or image to be incredible as it can capture the nuances of the language of gesture and movement.

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    great image wonderful words well done !LIz

  • Hi ya
    thank you so much for your visit Liz, I am waving and smiling back at you :O))

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsalmost 4 years ago

    Well said!

  • Hi ya

    Said and now signed and delivered.. ;O) xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylalmost 4 years ago

    Arcadia, GREAT story…this is so expressive, real, honest with intense imagery. Peace and love be with you always, Lisa =) xO

  • Hi Lisa
    this had some factual and some fantasy elements.
    Fact, there was an orange car.
    Fact,there is a driving license held as a memory piece.
    And the fantasy part, well that is up to each reader to find and play with

    – Arcadia Tempest

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