Sunlight through the Rain

Don’t follow me too long down this path. When I get through those gates up ahead, that’s where we will part We can talk awhile if you’d like, but you should know I have chosen to lock the door when I walk inside and have no plans on coming out again; not into this world.

What’s that you say? I suppose one might surmise I am bitter. But it’s more than that my dear, more than that.

Give up? Oh, I’m sorry that I laughed. I’m not laughing at you. No no, I was where you stood once. It seems so long ago, like another life. Yes, it was another time, different colors, brighter, the intensity made me giddy. I swear the world fluttered and breathed. Now, it is one dimensional. There are usually only shadows. The colors have faded. It’s now mostly gray.

Your hand is soft. Thank you for holding mine and showing your concern. That’s so nice of you. Most people don’t bother to reach out. Yes, they’re too busy. Aren’t we all so trapped inside ourselves? Almost there, just around that little bend in the road.

Yes, the trees are lovely. They haven’t been pruned in such a long while. Neglect has made their branches break. Oh, you noticed! How keen your eyes are. It was my garden once. I let it go to seed. All just overgrown weeds now. No no, don’t worry yourself over that. You have a life to tend to.

Well yes, I am still alive but your life is more important. You’re young. You have many experiences ahead of you. And here we are. Thank you for walking all this way with me. You’re very kind. Such gentleness and compassion I have not seen in many years. Thank you and so long.

What? Please, I didn’t hear what you said. Don’t leave yet before you tell me what you said! You’re coming by tomorrow? Well what for? It told you I wouldn’t be coming out again.

You’re bringing your shovel and shears? Did I hear you say something about planting flowers?

Sunlight through the Rain

Karen Hazelwood

Florence, United States

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