A Light Which Flickers and Speaks*

Posted on April 4, 2020 in Writing

A light which flickers and speaks is a light to be taken lightly. Or … maybe it flickers to get your attention. I see a figure in the flame. A woman. You can’t make out her features because she is shrouded in flame. No. Surrounded by flame. Her lips are moving and she is saying something. I can’t hear her. Close your eyes. Can you hear her now? It will be O. K. You don’t know what is going to happen so make the best of what you have now. You have an abundance of food, time, love, things to do, toilet paper. You have no needs that are unfulfilled. You have everything you need in this moment, so stay right here. Now. I see her recede a bit into the flame, turn a white-hot blue but she isn’t completely gone. She is there, ready to flicker again when she is needed. It doesn’t even matter if the flame goes out. She is the message from the flame. You can think of her any time you start to feel anxious, any time you start to worry and she will be there to calm you. She will be there when your heart is full of gratitude, feeling grateful along with you.

*Prompt from Lynda Barry’s book “What It Is.”

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