She looked to the sky as the grey clouds thickened. The frost of winter was encroaching. Silently she continues to stitch, but inside her heart sighs for her son. Worries, like vines, creep into the cracks in her heart; the city will be cold, colder than the country but it has jobs and opportunity. So it must be done, today has arrived too fast, his things are packed. A small bag, with clothes and basics packed, it is too small to fit his life in. She pulls the stitches tight, so that the jacket will last for many years to come, just in case.

It is cold; my jacket is the only shelter from the biting chill. The city is shadowy and the wind seems to enjoy playing here. Work is dreary but it keeps me fed and gives me a place to stay, yet I miss home and mother. My mother was kind and I cherish all my memories of her. She is my closest family my father died while I was young and I have no siblings. She is so full of love; she provided spring for my grass to grow. I am who I am because of her. When I have enough money I will go back, soon, I will repay some of that love. Tomorrow I must go to work again. Then I can prepare to visit home, it has been too long, I left a few months ago and I worry for her.

Winter is coming to an end; the sun is fighting back the clouds. Winter has been lonely, but the well earned rain has brought small blades of grass up. Spring will be good especially when her son arrives. It is morning, she sits again near the window and looks out to the fields; glistening in patches. The dew reminds her of something, but before she can put her finger on it, a man walks along the path; he carries the jacket she stitched before winter started. He walks up to her, into her arms, gives her the jacket. “Sorry.” He says. “An accident happened at work. He wanted you to have this jacket.” The words seem to exhaust her, a whimper escapes. Tears fall on to the ground, falling with the dew.


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Joined August 2008

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Inspired by a chinese poem: Wanderer’s Song

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