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One Day and Then Another

March 22, 2013
By Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski


She walked in gray, in a world where people left and laughter died as soon as it began. She trudged through the days like they were years, and left a handful of rainbows along the way.


One of them was January 19th, 2004, the day she first kissed a boy. For a moment sparks flew, and her heart knew what it was like to feel. And then came the bruises, gray as well, grayer than the darkest gray found in the storm clouds above. And she learned that with the clouds came rain, and the rainbows only lasted for a little while.


The next was February 2nd, 2010, the day she found that a handful of coins she didn’t need could save the life of an orphan boy. And from those coins sprouted a small rainbow, the other side connected to the face she had saved. It slowly dissipated, as two days later the war started and the village became a graveyard. And she knew then that one day you live and the next you die.


The next came many years later, when she was thirty—year 2019. She’d stopped keeping track of the days—what was a day to a year?—and now it was only the same blank faces and colorless skies. But one day she woke up from her self-induced coma in a rather unexpected, unwanted way. He hurtled into her from the side, coming from seemingly nowhere. He cursed and mumbled “Excuse me,” and continued on his way. Her breath was still gone, as he had taken it with him. She stared at his retreating back, wondering that this was the first time she’d seen someone really run. And she wondered what was so important to make him run, while the others shuffled about in the rain like zombies. And that idea sparked the third rainbow, the other end connected in more than one place—to the droplets kicked up by the puddles trampled beneath his feet.


The last—yet first—rainbow came when she finally stopped and looked up, towards the sky, and realized that the rainbows were already there, but constantly moving. She just hadn’t been looking in the right places—in fact, she’d usually been too focused on the ground to see beyond the clouds. For it rained, and children died, and husbands left, and mothers cried—but there was a promise written in the sky, a promise full of bizarre colors meant for anyone who looked up. Rainbows that disappeared one day and were there another. Rainbows waiting to be found.


The author's comments:
Bad things happen to good people. That doesn't mean their lives meant nothing--it merely lets us appreciate our own, and makes us look above for the rainbow.

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on Apr. 3 2013 at 5:48 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

thanks you're so nice ;)

on Apr. 3 2013 at 3:26 pm
Fallen_ PLATINUM, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
25 articles 3 photos 436 comments

Favorite Quote:
" a shattered world is only an opening into a new beginning with laughs, smiles, and love all around enter the world of the light and away from the broken darkness"

amazing anything else i'm speechless and breathless after reading this amazement

on Apr. 1 2013 at 1:18 am
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

thank you :)

holly1999 GOLD said...
on Mar. 31 2013 at 5:56 am
holly1999 GOLD, Middlesbrough, Other
12 articles 8 photos 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
'There was no need to clarify my finger snap, the implication was clear in the snap itself' - Magnus Bane

Love the authors comment too

holly1999 GOLD said...
on Mar. 31 2013 at 5:55 am
holly1999 GOLD, Middlesbrough, Other
12 articles 8 photos 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
'There was no need to clarify my finger snap, the implication was clear in the snap itself' - Magnus Bane

So beautiful! I loved this, really well written :)

on Mar. 30 2013 at 12:18 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
72 articles 0 photos 860 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

Aww girl ;) I'm just teling the truth!!

on Mar. 30 2013 at 1:41 am
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

Thank you! X 1,000,000. You're the best TI friend I have :) thanks for always reviewing my work and leaving such amazing comments :)

on Mar. 29 2013 at 5:08 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
72 articles 0 photos 860 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

I also LOVE the author's comment. That's so wise! (:

on Mar. 29 2013 at 5:07 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
72 articles 0 photos 860 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

Jade! This is SOOOO beautiful!! Oh my gosh! I love when you made that one line rhyme; that was breathtaking. I also adore how you used dates and the dates slowly led into the future... amazing. I love it! (:


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