Prose: Cherished – 19/05/21

A special meaning is encompassed by me today. I could sit and weep, allow my day to decay. I could jump up and dance, a public cover-up, a farce, but I’ll do neither of these upon this sun-shining morning in May.

Instead, I will thread myself together, sewn and stitched, with determination, insistence, for me, repair isn’t a bother. Over time, each thread has painfully entered through, needle to skin, insertion of freshly-wound cotton, much to some’s chagrin. I am whole now, no dangling pieces, after years of floundering, I’m becoming daisies and roses, blooming to see, scented, delicate petals to touch. A figure made human, adorned with hearts and trust.

This figure’s flowerbed is smaller now, visitors and residents are fewer, but still, in delicate rows, and they’re all admired and admirable, intricate and wonderful, each petal to unfurl, their own histories to tell.

Within this garden, in this land on the property of a safe house, we are all gathered here today, some mended from brokenness, others in the midst of sad decay. These latter we cannot help but keep company as they slowly bend their heads and weep, today is their time for demise, but in this company, kind and true, they wouldn’t have their exit any other way.

And from the dying petals, which should be preserved while scattered, by sheets of ornate glass, their colours will join with the earth, create food, life for others. Goodbye is not always despairing when they’ve been cherished in many ways. Goodbye can be a new way of voicing a fresh beginning, from the decay arises freshness, an opportunity for new life to shine and remain.

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  1. I am always so impressed with you prose and verse, dear Lauren. I adore how you use the concepts stitch together and complete as a pair of opposites that are not. Beautiful, my friend. ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Jeff. I am very grateful that you follow my writings and encourage me often, it truly means a lot to me, and makes me smile when I read your comments. I appreciate you, my friend. 💕


  2. This post got me inspired, honestly. Sometimes, we look at life with a bad view of things. Instead of pushing ourselves to be better, we wallow in pain and frustrations. We blame other people for our unhappiness, we make things worse by basking in our own imperfections. People should learn and read your posts so they can think of ways to see things differently. I did.

    Hi, I am Ragazza Triste, you can also check my blog page, maybe we can be friends and learn from each other. Have a good day! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Ragazza, for taking the time to read my post and leave this detailed comment. I love that you felt the points I was conveying and that you feel others should check out my posts, too. ❤ I really appreciate it. I will check out your page too, of course, I look forward to viewing your work also. Have a great day!


        1. It must have been fate, I think! ❤️ thank you for visiting, I hope you like reading my newer style of writing, which is the inspirational work I’m putting out. I will have a deeper look at your work, I’m enjoying your way with words from what I have read thus far. 🙂


        2. I think your pen name is really clever. I liked it. And, it’s amazing to know that you were able to achieve your dream of publishing a book. That, in itself is already something remarkable and it really got me thinking, I am not young anymore but, it doesn’t matter, I can still achieve my dreams, like you, I am alive and still breathing so, I’ll hold on to that hope. 🙂

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        3. Thank you. 🙂 Alice Well make me chuckle a bit when I thought of it, so I thought it was a good pen name to select. Yes, we can all achieve our dreams, in whatever form or capacity, as long as we are able, it can be done with determination, strength, and that sometimes elusive thing, Hope, which you mentioned. I believe it’s all within the mind, that how we frame our thoughts has the power for the outcome of what we are trying to achieve.
          Speaking of pen names, yours intrigues me, what is the inspiration behind it, if I may ask? Also, I must say I love the way you’ve set out your website, it’s so clean, easy to navigate, and not a messy, cramped layout like mine is. Looks fantastic!


        4. No, I love your layout. It has that, “mysterious aura”, like, you cannot simply understand it unless you really dive underneath. I have been using that web design for so long that I decided to keep it. HAHA.

          That pen name stemmed from my childhood. HAHA. Really curious about the book that you wrote. 🙂

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        5. Hehe, nice, it’s good to find something that works, and you can stick with!

          Did you want to move our conversation to Insta? I contacted you via DM already, my account is alicewellart. I can tell you a bit about my book there, if you like, and we can chat about other stuff. Plus I can keep procrastinating on doing an assignment I keep jumping back and forth to, haha


        6. Excellent. My book’s style is different from how I write now, as it was published 2019 back when I had recently recommenced my writing again. It was for a different audience, and was more lighthearted, although there are some serious undertones in some of the short pieces.


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