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Her Eternal Gift

by Joseph Grant

She cried tears of joy when she married her high school sweetheart at the chapel but smiled as she married the man she loved. She smiled when he held her hand and told her he loved her so, but cried because she was worried his platoon would be called up. She cried when he left to war, but smiled when he vowed he'd return one day. She smiled when she received his letter and told her he was safe and had gotten leave, but cried for she was still lonely without her one true love. She cried for she was happy that he was soon due home on leave. He returned as he had promised but not as they had hoped and she cried the day his casket was lowered into his grave, forever burying her smile with him.

6S

Joseph Grant, whose full catalog is here, has been published in over 55 literary reviews and e-zines, such as Byline, New Authors Journal, Howling Moon Press, Hack Writers, New Online Review, Indite Circle and Cerebral Catalyst. Joe is also a 6SC3 Prize Winner.

10 comments:

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Absolutely heart-wrenching. I may be the "Master of Creepy", Joe, but you sir are "The Word Weaver."

The Master of Creepy has spoken.

Leatherdykeuk said...

How utterly sad. The repetitions really added to the story, though her smiles gave away the denouement.

Kevin Michaels said...

An incredibly touching and moving six. Well-written and poignant - definitely one of your best!
KM

Patricia J. Hale said...

Nice work. A pleasure to read.

G & G said...

Yet another Joe Grant masterpiece!

Liz said...

What a beautifully written 6S. You described that unique circumstance of smiling, yet crying, perfectly. Knowing friends who waited for their loved ones to return, you truly captured that sense of never being able to smile and rest easy, even when a leave is granted. Another amazing story.

Madam Z said...

I feel like crying when I think of all the countless times this tragedy has been repeated, but I'm smiling because this piece is so beautifully written.

Anonymous said...

Joe - You never disappoint. This was lovely, sad and is happening more and more because of this waste of a war. Then again, there are so many of them going on and they're all wastes.
caccy46

Mary said...

Joe,
Your story moved me, it truly did. So much said in so few words. I loved it.

Anonymous said...

Joseph, I love your work. I wish this one wasn't so true to life in this time we share with the world.

Jeanette