Holding On

The boat rocks unmercifully, buckets of waste slop onto the boards, women moan and children faintly mew. The air is so fetid it is difficult to breathe. I close my eyes and feel myself succumbing to an inevitable despair. I am surely lost. We all are. My mind scrabbles vainly at imagined roots, looking to grab anything that will lead me back to happier memories. Then, just as it seems hopeless, as if I have fallen so far into dark introspection that I will never be able to pull myself back up through the deep caves of thought, I hear a voice that sings a familiar song. It is a song from my homeland, sung in the dialect of drystone walls, dusty paths and black carob pods rustling on branches. One voice becomes two, becomes four, until the whole deck fills with its comfort.

Linking this to Prosery Monday at d’Verse poets (https://dversepoets.com/2022/08/15/dverse-prosery-monday-a-voice-that-sings/). The quote Lisa has asked to insert in our prose (of 144 words or less) is: ‘Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings’ and is taken from The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


19 thoughts on “Holding On

    1. Hi Nitin, haven’t been able to respond to your prosery response – your site says there’s been an error. So I wanted to say it has such peaceful images to immerse oneself in – I didn’t want it to end πŸ’š

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      1. Thank you so much! I don’t know why WP keeps giving me problems as far as comments are concerned. I’ve contacted them so many times, but it still doesn’t work properly 😞. Your comment means a lot to me.

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  1. Music has saved many a life. I think it saved them all here. I believe that saying that we will not be tested beyond that which we are able to bear. Blessings are on the way for them. The music is just a taste. Love your story, Marion.

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