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The Embers

by Leon Jackson Davenport

What will I remember about you, now that the fire of our love has burned out and the embers are cold? I will remember only the good times; when we walked in a field blooming with sun yellow daisies; the winter picnic at the beach (we had to stop on the way home for a snifter of cognac, to quiet the deep chill in our bones); our trip to D.C.; your smile and wit and finding someone that appreciated Kurt Vonnegut as much as I. You, I fear, will remember only the bad; our arguments and revelations (“...it will be difficult,” you said, “but yes, I can love a Cubs fan...”). I am bewildered as to how someone that professed to love me more than her own life could become a stranger - I’ve come to believe our love wasn’t real, it was only a mist of memories that disappeared, like you from my bed, when the sun came up. Today, when I saw you exchange a kiss with an old, ex-friend, I understood. For you the moment was real, it was only the moment, no future or past, only the now, where you live: no matter, I’ll keep the memories, I’ll cherish the past, because for me that made it real.

6S

Leon Jackson Davenport, an occasional short story writer, lives in New Jersey but enjoys thinking about being somewhere else. He is the author of R.L. Leonard, Deceased.

12 comments:

Mike Whitney said...

Leon,
Bravo, my friend!
mike

Michael Solender said...

leon,

there is such a spiritual quality to this piece and really all your tomes. it is very moving, i like how you capture the living in the moment aspect of the relationship - buddhist like.

Joe said...

Wonderfully written and achingly beautiful, Leon. We've all been there. Excellence in six sentences.

L J Davenport said...

Thanks for the encouragement gentlemen. It is greatly appreciated.

Angel Zapata said...

Love it, Leon. For some people sharing a moment is all there ever will be.

Anonymous said...

Jeanette Cheezum

Only the mist of memories. That's truly memorable. Vivid and sad. But a good 6.

Unknown said...

Well done, beautifully done. Thank you for sharing your memories.
-Naomi

Anonymous said...

(from Marti)

It's always interesting to speculate how much is fact and how much is fiction. Strong idea here. Thanks for the link.

Laurita said...

Leon, this brought a tear to my eye. Achingly beautiful is the perfect description.

Crybbe666 said...

Leon, Lauita says it very well. Congrats on a perfect 6!!

Kevin Michaels said...

Love this six- such a smooth, almost poetic flow to the narrative. Vivid, sad, and so strong it makes me hurt a little at the emotions and memories it creates. Well done.
K

L J Davenport said...

Thanks, Laurita, Paul and Kevin, I'm glad you liked my story.