I saw something pure, and it was beautiful.  As close as it was, it wasn’t perfect, just pure.  I saw a flaw and tried to fix it – maybe others had done so over time.  At first I was trying to be practical in my approach to this blemish, but I might have become impatient.  It wasn’t even an important flaw, and now it seems so silly that I worried about it at all.  This pure thing, so beautiful, cracked.  What I had done shouldn’t have caused a crack; I couldn’t understand how it went so wrong so fast.  Then it broke and there was nothing left to look at.  There’s nothing, but it was beautiful.  How do I put it back together again?

About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.
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2 Responses to Remorse

  1. Really beautiful writing. I could feel the remorse and was sent on a journey of all the beautiful things I’ve tampered with that I should have . . .

    • I wish the writing wasn’t so beautiful. It’s actually something scribbled out in just a few minutes. I have heard that if you write what you feel, the words will just fill the page and you will have something that connects with others. Unfortunately that is true today.

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