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James G. Piatt

The Painful Sound

I heard an eerie sound, like a whisper

dancing in the denseness of a

metaphor. With a muted gasp, I

tried to erase the sound, but I burst into

weeping over the strange shroud covering

the dark reverberations. My memories

smoldered in the shivering shadows inside

my mind as my thoughts vanished into dim

gaps of reality, separating hesitant thoughts

from ambling illusions constructed from the

dust of bleached bones. I remembered the

strange sound echoing like the moaning of

tears, and my mind stumbled into a cavity of

unquenchable emotions. Listening to

echoing pulses of the sound I sensed a

strange longing caressing its essence. An

image appeared in the bitterness of my dark

memories, and my mind touched that which

had been subdued, and forgotten. The sound

came from a place that I never wanted to

find and was part of an old nightmare

simmering in the shadows of yesterday’s

misery. It was the echoing of the word amen,

the end of a mother’s prayer for her son,

who was killed in war.

About the Author: James lives in Santa Ynez, California with his wife Sandy and an Aussie dog named Scout.  He has published five collections of poetry, The Silent Pond, Ancient Rhythms, LIGHT, Solace Between the Lines, and Serenity, over 1795 poems, 40 short stories, two thrillers, The Monk, and The Nostradamus Conspiracy, a popular science fiction novel, The Ideal Society, and two mysteries. He earned his doctorate from BYU, and his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, SLO. He has been nominated twice for The Best of The Net award, and four times for a Pushcart award.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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