Fifty

I saw locks of hair attached to a line, blowing in the wind, like clothes to dry. There was also hair lying around on the floor in my mother's kitchen, and outside, all over the yard, half-covered by sand. Suddenly, they became butterflies and flew towards the cemetery where my father is buried. I wished … Continue reading Fifty

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Forty-Nine

At the seaside, I saw a horse turning around and around. Another one joined in and started to rotate the opposite way around the first one. Then came another and another, each girdled the previous one, always contrariwise. They all turned golden, then more and more translucent until only their outlines remained. In the end, … Continue reading Forty-Nine

Twenty-One

I turned back to the woman, but she looked older now, around my age. I must have made a mistake a minute before. She looked at me for a second, then turned back to the sea. I watched the water, too, and the sky, and the flowers rocking in the wind. When I turned back to her again, she seemed to be in her fifties. I realized she was ageing in front of my eyes.

Sixteen

"I know you are angry with me." "Because you shouldn't be talking to me" "Why? Because people see with their words, and you had no words to make them see you? You got used to being an invisible child in an invisible land. You don't like it that I can see you, that I can see you with words. but I didn't come here uninvited. I am at home here, same as you. You can see us, and we can see you. We can see you alright."

Nine

I could feel a warm presence behind me. He put his hands under my arms and lifted me up, high, high, higher... and there I was, on the lines. I didn't have a bike but I didn't care, I started to run on the cables, above the road, above the fields, above the houses... the sky was a soft, purple embrace. I felt the wind on my face, my chest, in my hair... I opened my arms wide, and ran, ran, ran. Then I slowed down, and wanted that bike, after all. And a translucent man with long arms and soft hands brought me one and put it right in front of me. But I was worried that I would fall, I realized I didn't know how to ride a bike. So he hugged me gently from behind to hold me straight, and off we went...