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Jubilation

His head was a pounding salsa band in a humid cabana de baile. His cheeks ached from the strain of his smile, and he knew if he didn’t relax his ears would burst into flames and his eyes would pop out.

Dan stepped into the night.

Headlamps mixed with neon signs and street lights to create a mosaic of flashing colors and sounds. The rhythm was mesmerizing; clicking heals on pavement, beep-beep-beeping of horns and a wailing siren all joining in the dance.

The heat was sweltering.

He sat on a trash can and leaned his back against the stucco wall. A cool breeze swept up from passing cars and turned the sweat on his neck into tingling goosebumps.

Suddenly he felt her near him, taking his hands in hers.

“Are you you OK”? she said.

He looked into her eyes, and stroking the light strands of hair from her cheek touched her lips with his fingertips.

“Lucia”, he said. “I finally know how it feels”.

A slight gasp escaped her lips, and she squeezed his hands.

He saw the lights glimmering in her eyes.

“How it feels”? she said.

He leaned his head against the wall and drew her to him.

“Jubilation”

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My focus as a photographer and digital artist ranges from traditional photography to PhotoArt compilation and the less explored world of abstract design created with natural elements such as smoke, oil and water.

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  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 5 years ago

    wonderfully well written, and love the graphics. hugsxxx

  • Thank you so much Hilary :)

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 5 years ago

    Precioso!!!!
    Hay una cosa graciosa con el título. No es tu culpa. Muestra la forma en la que nuesto lenguaje nos condiciona pra crear una imagen.
    “Jubilation” es una palabra clara. En español sería “júbilo”….pero se acerca fonéticamente a la palabra “jubilación” que en Inglés significa.. “retirement”.Pues bueno… por la fonética me viene la imagen del retiro, del momento en el que alguien deja de “trabajar”…y se va esperar no se sabe qué….sin necesidad de tener que ir a ganarse el “pan”.
    Pero es júbilo…
    tú júbilo…y
    comienza a estar teñido de cálido corazón latino.
    Alguna vez megustaría saber donde has aprendido
    a hablar y escribir Español tan bien.
    Creo que lo disfrutas… es bueno.
    Ah.. y creo que vas a encontrar tu Lucía…
    pronto.
    Hermoso escrito Richard.
    Rosa

  • Ah si, no se habia ocurido hasta que lo mencionaste pero ahora si recuerdo. Mi suegro era Mexicano y se jubiló de varios trabajo mientras yo lo conocí. Nunca dejo de trabajar, y el dia que se murio se había ido al trabajo despues de un largo tiempo de estar enfermo. No se porque viene este recuerdo a la mente, creo que la palabra jubilado me lo trae.
    Gracias por tu visión, que yo encuentre mi Lucía. He encontrado el júbilo en muchos aspectos de mi vida, pero si hace falta la pasión.

    – Richard G Witham

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