Thursday, August 30, 2007

August Artsy Essay

I'm not good at segways, but if you anyone doesn't have anything to write about, and needs some inspiration, I recommend that you enter Judith Heartsong's Artsy Essay contest. Read this post first before you join in

sqUEEZing every last drop
of sunshine out of Summer

I know for sure that I didn't squeeze every last drop of sunshine out of summer. In fact I think that the clouds were absorbing my sunshine. Turning the rays into raindrops. I love raindrops, but not the ones that were falling onto me. they were dark and dank. Every time one would hit me I felt I lost a bit of myself.

The clouds were overwhelming and the sky above my sanity seemed to sink. I was ready to give in when I heard a familiar sound. Fitting the title of the ringtone is called, "All I Got", because I was at the end of the rope and all I got left before I fell into a void was a tiny string. When I answered my phone a cloud simply vanished. It was my friend, she wanted to know if I wanted to come over and spend some time with her. At first the clouds clouded my judgment, making me think that if I was to go and visit my friend, that I would rain on her parade. I didn't answer her question on the first call, but hearing her voice made a few of the clouds vanish and the sun peer out. I don't think she has the faintest idea how much it meant to me that she called, when she did.

After we were done and we said goodbye, the clouds reformed where those patches of sunlight had appeared. I felt like I was going to scream, until realized the error of my ways. I picked up my phone and called my friend back. I asked her if her offer still stands and she said yes, so I headed out. As soon as I stepped outside the REAL sunshine shined down on me and sun-washed those figurative clouds away. When I got to her house we chatted about nothing and such, but it was just mostly being there with her that made me feel an aura of bliss.

When it was time to go she gave me a hug and I walked to the bus-stop. I don't remember much about getting on that bus, but when I got on the second bus I remember looking at the sun as it was starting to set. It became orange and beautiful, and I thought to myself, "I haven't really been looking up lately, but I'm glad I did today"!


Judith HeartSong said...

Oh Charles,

I am glad you wrote and am sorry that it has been a tough summer, but am so happy that you have a friend to light your days.

Hang in there and keep looking for the good things, and know that you have a lot of friends here1!!


~~Kristal~~ said...

I am glad you had a ray of sunshine bless you through your darness that was consuming you.. Hold on to that beautiful ray of sunshine.. Thank you for writing for this months contest.


Chelle said...

I just wanna hug you... ::smiles::

*big ol bear hug*

Kelly said...

wow, this was outstanding. I think it may be one of the best pieces you've ever written!

Anonymous said...

Hey stranger... sorry your summer hasn't been the greatest. Glad your friend is keeping you smilin.
Nice entry and good luck

Two Write Hands said...

It's great, and I especially love the last line. Beautiful.

Chris said...

damn Charles...incredible. I'm impressed and proud. Excellent entry. Stunned.

You rock!

shari said...

That speaks volumes of the goodness in you... how considerate you are....even in your despair you were concerned for your friend's well being at being around you. I'm very glad you rose above the dreariness and went and had a good time. You deserve it.