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In a Warm Exchange of Voice

December 17, 2013
By Bryn.B GOLD, Spring, Texas
Bryn.B GOLD, Spring, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Maybe who I was cannot be captured, only reminisced; all I know is I'm my favorite me I've ever been."




-Michael W. J. Yearout


He sits on the floor, legs half crossed, wearing a thick-striped polo shirt the color of his mom’s name. I am not intimidated by his person, simply daunted by the realization that if I did not talk with him now, we would never talk.

He invites me to sit with him, so warmly asking me about myself, giving me the courtesy of sharing. Two minutes from the time I sat down, I realize how simply we’ve eased into conversation, and not the polite small talk, as I had expected, but kind, thoughtful, meaningful conversation, how I longed to speak with all of my friends.

He spoke those clean, happy green words of movies to see, essays to write, books to read, shows to watch, and cellos to construct. We spoke together, not at one another, as us humans usually do. I sat there and talked with him, savoring each phrase dictated, amazed at the ease with which words flowed from me. I felt accepted, at ease, and most of all, I felt loved.


The author's comments:
I wrote this piece after meeting my cousin (who is 12 years older than me) at Thanksgiving. This is just a first draft.

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Bryn.B GOLD said...
on Jan. 22 2014 at 5:01 pm
Bryn.B GOLD, Spring, Texas
18 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Maybe who I was cannot be captured, only reminisced; all I know is I'm my favorite me I've ever been."




-Michael W. J. Yearout

Thanks so much!

on Jan. 21 2014 at 10:24 pm
Nicolette4455 BRONZE, Tappan, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

This piece is definitely relatable. I thought the line, "wearing a thick-striped polo shirt the color of his mom’s name," was very clever, and your ending was very strong. :)

Bryn.B GOLD said...
on Jan. 16 2014 at 6:44 pm
Bryn.B GOLD, Spring, Texas
18 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Maybe who I was cannot be captured, only reminisced; all I know is I'm my favorite me I've ever been."




-Michael W. J. Yearout

Thanks! I really appreciate knowing that my writing gives people something.

on Jan. 16 2014 at 10:33 am
TanviKusum DIAMOND, Gurgaon, Other
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Favorite Quote:
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin

we speak in hushed voices so as to not wake our memories

I have a cousin who is 13 years elder to me and I've always wanted to be friends with him. I have followed his ways all my life and almost hero worship him. I love this because it is very relatable. :)


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