Short Story Slam Week 24: Life Behind The Corners of Your Smiles

01 Aug

I do have another half-written post lurking in drafts (I’m actually going to publish that one!) but I woke up to an invite from Bluebell Books to take part in the Short Story Slam, and since I decided a while ago to write the short story/poem/haiku in “real time”, I’m going to grab any inspiration I have. Even though I’m still half asleep and haven’t drunk any coffee yet. Eeesh.





Twenty-seven now,

I hold onto childhood;

it’s all I have left.


Your photo album

was never like mine, you see;

no photographs left.


No childhood smile,

forever trapped on paper;

she didn’t take them.


No need for pictures,

it was all etched in my mind;

how could she have known?


My mother and I,

forever at cross purposes;

but I love her still.


(c) 2012.


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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Every day life


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6 responses to “Short Story Slam Week 24: Life Behind The Corners of Your Smiles

  1. Irene

    August 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Sad, but eloquent.

  2. stuff I said

    August 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    this reminds me of my mum..even will all the bad…”I love her still”. Nicely done :)

  3. faithhopechocolate

    August 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Yeah, you’ve definitely got a way with words. Keep writing!

  4. judithatwood

    August 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Love from a friend who is still swollen up like a toad! This is a poignant haiku — so much between the lines! 8-)


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