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"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

Dear Clementia,

A man newly fashioned out of catcher in the rye driftwood, nurses a stoic solider lip, quivering. His name is known by all in town, but he is not known as true as the wind can soar and salty water can sting. It started on a sunny road; a lifesaver hanging from a rose balloon. No tug of war game on the sunny road blueprint. Conceived and heels dug in centre earth. The sand white and love raised in a wild naked space: a mortal man, no pantheon of gods in his veins; a man.

A city, country and (no sovereign border) international love affair; coffee pours out of his ears, ink freely drains and images grow roots. Art rises through a ventricle chimney. Voices fountain through ocean and forest and stare unbelieving; he is ushered with Morpheus ribbons and placed on a first place podium. He a ghost living, scared and between not wanting to be and knowing he cannot go to bed. A grown up man, wishing upon the outer cyber stars, all will make their dreams come true.

And that is his only fault, for not all dreams are true.

Clementia, grant him your divine clemency
wrap your poultice of forgiveness around his being
for he has been muddied
and lastly will you tell me, why the good are so misunderstood?


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"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." by 

Title: “Catcher in the Rye”

Clementia is the Roman personification of mercy and compassion, worshipped in Rome as a Goddess

thank you to Lina
for your pointing fingers

inspired me to write my thoughts out…


letters, linaji


  • MoonlightLover
    MoonlightLoverover 3 years ago

    You paint beautiful images with your words Lisa. “Catcher in the Rye driftwood”? I’m thinking Holden Caulfield.
    Annie Z xo

  • Thank you Annie,
    and yes Holden….was an inspiration xx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    I got only half way thru reading this and tears welled up in my eyes…..
    The good get trampled but love them…..they don’t mind they learn how to live crumpled until there is a smoother times…
    I so want a mute button for those who have snickering itches in their britches…..

  • I love that last line, I hope it is ok if I use it in the quote thread :) hehe

    you can imagine me writing this with tears in my eyes, I can’t wait to hug you xoxoxo

    – Lisa Jewell

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 3 years ago

    Oh Lisa…you weave extraordinary pictures to ponder and feast upon.
    I love how you have shared this with us in an open letter and I am hopeful of a positive reply from Clementine.
    Sandra xo

  • Darling Sandra,

    thank you so much for always reading me and leaving love on my page, I’ve my fingers crossed on the reply xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 3 years ago

    Beautiful. Have to think about this, there’s so much in there, so many images and I can almost hear music. LOL xoxo

  • Thank you Sybille,

    yes I guess I never write things straight out, such is the lot of a surreal writer…the fact you heard music, is for me the highest of compliments xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Michael Eyssens
    Michael Eyssensover 3 years ago

    I can almost hear this being read aloud behind me. It will echo
    This was a favorite before I read the final words.

  • how lovely,
    I’ve a vision of reading this behind you :) one day.

    thank you Michael xxx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 3 years ago

    …ooops, oh my darling Clementia :)
    Forgive me Lisa xxxxx

  • nothing to forgive
    but now you have to listen :) hehe


    – Lisa Jewell

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskerover 3 years ago

    Good lord, babe – I pulled Catcher in the Rye from my bookshelf just this week, and have been revisiting his words for days. And I have the bones of a story being sketched in my red notebook, with the heroine called Clementine. How very strange…

    wrap your poultice of forgiveness around his being
    for he has been muddied

    I love the song your words sing X

  • hehe I can’t wait to read your new inking my darling, I guess nothing is really odd, we are so close that it is bound to happen….the thinking along the same lines, that is :) I can’t wait to see you later. Thank you so much for your amazing comment xoxoxo

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 3 years ago

    Yes, the answer is no doubt complex and beyond our understanding, and the truth is oh so sad :(

  • yes, I suspect you are right….
    I shall never give up hope and determination

    right will win out xo

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinover 3 years ago

    Beautiful. You are a dear, romantic soul xx

  • hehe thanks Adriana, yep that be me, a romantic soul :)) xx

    – Lisa Jewell

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    The best words from an atheist nun ;) xx

  • LOL that I am :) thanks so much, Mel xx

    – Lisa Jewell

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