I decided to participate, nay, be inspired by the dVerse challenge from Monday. Sanaa (aka adashofsunny) was hosting prosery Monday and wanted us to use the following line: “Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things? – from Rainer Maria Rilke, “Heartbeat.” We must use the line in its entirety, though we can change the punctuation. We cannot leave out nor insert other words within the line. The story must be exactly 144 words, not including the title.
Though submerged by a dark cloud engulfing him, he managed to trudge forward in life, participating minimally. Damaged by a love past, he was unable to see the possibility of light and happiness, never mind hear any music.
“Come sing with us, Andrew. It’s all in fun and will surely lift your spirits!”
“Only mouths, are we. Who sings? The distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things! She took away my heart and the song within it,” he lamented. “It’s gone and I will never find it again.”
“You are right, you won’t. Not if you continue in this fashion. You need to step away from that dark cloud, let the light touch you again, my friend,”
“Your friend? What nonsense, this?”
“Nay, not nonsense.” She tended her hand, “Come with me. It’s time to see the beauty all around.”