Thursday, September 6, 2007
The words for this week are:
The big sunglasses are perched on his perky nose, the frame too big for his small face. His mother sits beside him on the beach, the sun warmly shining down on mother and child.
Oh how he wishes to run far and wild but for the arms of his mother keeping him firm at his place. She envelops him in her warm embrace as she tries to sneak a bit of rest.
Every week the pair can be found in the same patch of the deserted beach, the song of the waves their only company. He will be trying to roam around while she tries to sleep, her dreams full of wishful thinking.
She runs away from her husband of ten years, his voice echoes even when he’s afar. He uses his fists to pound his belief into her head, thinking her a simpleton. For so many years she endured his brutish ways, never once disagreeing. But year after year of bruises and pain can never dull the grief.
He’s been a loving husband once, true to his promise on the day of their wedding. But all that changed so suddenly when they lost their second child. She was her daddy’s angel, his favorite right from the start. They were inseparable like siamese twins.
One night the pang of illness visited her and she was never the same again. Little by little she lost her grace until one day she finally succumbed to the call of death. The drinking started that night and the beatings shortly after. His fist visits not only her face but his son’s little body too.
And so they escape in that deserted beach, each week a refuge from all the pain. They both don’t know when it will end, both wishing the short reprieve would last till eternity.
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