Bluebell SSS Prompt No. 9 ~ Bittersweet Liberation




They say that sorry is the hardest word . But I beg to differ . I can say sorry , over and over … Sorry for doubting you . Sorry that I failed to live up to your expectations . Sorry this … sorry that . Sorry ……. that you had to find out the truth in such a cruel manner . I think that the hardest word is goodbye . Farewell . Ciao . Auf Wiedersehen . Adieu . It doesn't matter what language you use (there's a choice of four , remember …) . It doesn't matter who you are . If you've ever had to say goodbye , you'll know the gut-wrenching feeling . Goodbye should be banned from the vocabulary . It is too harsh . Rather walk away , pretend that the departure is for a little while only , a temporary condition , hiatus . So you say , see you later !

And as the vessel moves away , floating little by little , on course to who-knows-where , it is buffeted by a light wind which lifts the edges of the diaphonous organza fabric , ruffles it gentle and playful , in stark contrast to the forlorn figure silhouetted against a dusky sky . The vessel moves and the distance increases . The gut-wrenching is all-consuming . But you should know the feeling by now . It's not new . This scenario has played itself out , many times … So why the sense of loss , betrayal ? Because this time it's different . 

And as the vessel grows smaller and smaller , becomes a mere dot on the horizon and disappears , like the blip on a radar screen ; the day draws to a close , and it's the closing of another chapter of the novel that is your nomadic existence . But it's the final chapter of this epic novel . As the co-author , I should know . And I don't believe in sequels …..

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  1. thingy on September 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    So true. I hate that word, too, and what it means.
    Well, I'll see ya. : )

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      The word is just so final … it cuts to the core … see ya thingy 🙂

  2. JamieDedes on September 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Mish! A bravura performance. I was completely engaged in this journey and totally charmed.  Well done and good-bye in this case is not forever more …
    Later …

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      I appreciate your wonderful comments Jamie ! I’m so glad that you were caught up in the journey ! The moral support inspires me as I continue on my writing journey ! 🙂

  3. Kay Salady on September 2, 2011 at 12:17 am

    "and I don't believe in sequels" . . . gee, I wish I could get to that point.  Brava! 

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Kay ! I think we find it difficult to reach that point because “hope springs eternal in the human breast ” … there’s always that sense of … maybe it will get better … maybe a positive change will come … be patient … give it time … 🙂

  4. Stuart Nager on September 2, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I'm glad this is finding a lot of different ways to tell the pic's story. Well done Mish.

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Stu . I appreciate the support .

  5. mornng on September 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    honesty is important, love your confession alike entry.
    beautiful take.

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you morning . The first step when working towards a solution is to acknowledge the cold , hard facts of a situation . And it’s so difficult to step away from a situation and be objective and honest .

  6. Isadora on September 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Very well done, Mish …I like your thoughts on the words sorry and good-bye. 
    I am always intrigued with the way so many find something totally different to express in their interpretations of the photo. I have attempted to put mmy thoughts into the photo,as well.    
     Here it is :

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      The two words popped into my mind when I saw the prompt , and they wouldn’t go away so I used the words to start off my piece and the rest just followed . I’m gonna hop over to your place to read your contribution .

  7. The Cello Strings on September 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    brilliant words,
    a new chapter begins when one makes a turn.
    well done.

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much . I think the hardest part is to actually make that turn … close an existing chapter …

  8. Shelly on September 3, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Interesting post.

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Shelly .

  9. bendedspoon on September 3, 2011 at 3:34 am

    A different story — I apprecaite much the thoughts in it! 🙂

    • mish on September 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for the appreciation ! 🙂

  10. The Orange Tree on September 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    you are quite a talent, 
    love tghe ride your words take us, profound entry.

    • mish on September 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the ride ! Thanks for popping in !

  11. Ann LeFlore on September 5, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Your ending is excellent. Very well done

    • mish on September 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment , Ann !

  12. A.B. thomas on September 6, 2011 at 1:38 am

    fantatstically descriptive on the sheer inanity of sorry, I bloody well enjoyed the read!

    • mish on September 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

      Thanks A.B. Your strong response says it all !

  13. Serena Shay on September 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Powerful ending to a wonderful piece!  Goodbye is a heart-breaking word, for sure.

  14. Terri on September 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Nicely done.  I enjoyed your story and I think goodbye probably is truly harder for me than sorry too.  Blessings, Terri

    • mish on September 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Thanks for dropping in and posting a comment ! I really appreciate it Terri 🙂

  15. e.a.s. demers on September 13, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I agree.. "Good-bye" should be stricken from the vocabulary! 
    Also, I love the last 2 lines… very profound 🙂

    • mish on September 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

      Thank you for the comment ! 🙂

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