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Untouchable

by caccy46

Although we are separated by no more than a few feet, we may as well have steel bars dividing the room. I hear her occasional deep sigh, sometimes coupled with a tiny sound ladened with sadness. I am silenced and frightened by the weight of her emotions. I tried once to speak to her, and could tell before I finished my sentence that it would be met with anger and dismissal. I know it's all she is capable of showing, so damaged is she by her self-disgust. My little girl, the love of my life, lays helplessly close to me, and I remain hopelessly impotent.

6S

caccy46, whose full catalog is here, is a mother of two who's been married for 32 years.

12 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

How tragically sad.
Thanks for the read.

Joe said...

A touching and evocative six by one of the best writers at 6S. caccy46 possesses wonderful style and in this six as all her others, she does not disappoint. I always look forward to her work.

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Agreed, Joe. Touching and evocative. Very powerful and heart-wrenching.

Well done.

Quin Browne said...

caccy.... you pull us in, and we sit with you.

thank you.

Anonymous said...

i've said it before and i'll say it again...

nice.

Baby Island said...

I read this before I had coffee this morning and it made me too sad, so I've come back to it now and sheesh! It still makes me sad. That is a pretty powerful 6s caccy.

:)

Anonymous said...

This was a great piece. While it is sad, it is connective for any reader who has been through moments like this with their own children. I am awed by your ability to capture the moment in only six sentences.

Thank you for sharing.

Madam Z said...

So sweet and sad. But you were there for her, and your presence and your love had a quiet potency that helped, even if she couldn't acknowledge it.

Joe said...

I reread this again and it is as powerful as the first time. Great work!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Huge Thank Yous to people whose work I really admire, respect. I am very touched.
Thank you- you've left me smiling.
caccy46

Catherine said...

A mothers brutal truth - this touched me to my core - thank you!

Kevin Michaels said...

Can't believe I missed this earlier in the week. What a tremendous piece. Powerfully written in a way that just rips at your heart - the emotion and feeling come through so well in 6 sentences. great job by a great writer!!!
KM