He Said Nothing

By Juan


“The family is breaking. Again,” said wife.

“That’s not my problem,” said husband.

“You’ve lost our daughter, your family back home, and now you risk losing our son. What is the common denominator in this?”

He said nothing.

He would not allow her to share what their son felt, that he wanted to make amends and move on.

“You’re not going to be the facilitator.”

“But he doesn’t want to lose his family. He doesn’t want to lose you!” she said, anyway.

“Again, you always side with the kids.” He shut down now. He was isolated within a fortress of self-imposed loneliness. She didn’t understand him and never would.

She sighed and sat beside him on the bed. “I love you. I hear that you want him to be responsible for his own actions. But I can see both sides. You’re not completely right. He’s not completely wrong.”

He said nothing. He seethed, a recoiled snake of emotion. “I really don’t care if I ever see or hear from him again.”

“HE HUNG UP ON YOU!!” She erupted, and truth like lava flowed and burned patience, destroying it.

“Yeah? Your point?”

“That’s not worth throwing a part of your family away.”

“That’s his decision.”

“I can’t believe it.”

He said nothing. She retreated inwardly into pain. Living with him, standing by him, was a bitter poison to swallow. But she had been sipping it for years, developing immunity, at least enough so she didn’t leave him.

There was little left of the family now.


By Le Vy

(100 word challenge)

Four in the morning,

three at night;

just take the pills

to make it all right.

No voices, no intense jealousy and hostility. No paranoia, no taste buds covering all things, or chicken gizzards and hay growing out of my face. No plunging despair and immobilizing depression.

“You’ve changed,” he says, disappointed. He never says how.

“I have changed.” I am funny and happy and love life and my family and have work with purpose. I like to write and take pictures of my cats. I am no longer disabled by my disability.

Yes, I have changed.  For the better.

Confidentially Speaking

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(Daily Prompt: Confidant / 100 word challenge)

My confidant is in a rut called, “Why should I care?”

Nothing needs to be solved. I just want him to listen and acknowledge me.

“Offer me a cold drink,” I said. “Say something nice.”

I told him it’s what best friends do.

I want to invite him into my world, share myself with him, the trivial and the stellar.

Marriage in our forties has been rough.  But I can envision us soaring from this point on. He doesn’t want me to.  We circle the runway because we might crash.

He’s afraid of it all coming to an end again.




Lisa Loeb

You say
I only hear what I want to
You say
I talk so all the time

And I thought what I felt was simple
And I thought that I don’t belong
And now that I am leavin’
Now I know that I did somethin’ wrong ’cause I missed you
Yeah, yeah I missed you

And you say
I only hear what I want to, I don’t listen hard
Don’t pay attention to the distance that you’re runnin’
To anyone, anywhere, I
Don’t understand if you really care, I’m only hearing negative
No, no, no (bad)

So I, I turn the radio on, I turn the radio up
And this woman was singin’ my song
Lovers in love and the others run away
Lover is crying ’cause the other won’t stay
Some of us hover while we’re waiting for the other who was dyin’ since the day they were born, well
Well, this is not that, think that I’m throwin’ but I’m thrown

And I thought I’d live forever
But now I’m not so sure
You try to tell me that I’m clever
That won’t take me anyhow
Or anywhere
With you

You said that I was naive, and (naive…)
I thought that I was strong, oh
I thought, “hey, I can leave, I can leave”, oh (leave…)
But now I know that I was wrong, ’cause I missed you
Yeah… I miss you

You said, “You caught me ’cause you want me” and one day you let me go
You try to keep away a keeper or keep me ’cause you know you’re just so
Scared to lose

And you say

You say
I only hear what I want to

It Lurks


(100 word challenge)

I miss you.   I’m hurting and I can hardly breathe.  You hurt, you’re broken, I accept you with all my heart.  But you act as if you don’t love me, don’t want me, can’t stand me. You hold our son above my head.  I cannot leave him to face these things without me. Alone.

You can’t make a commitment to me … in case It happens again.  But It is! Windows between us are closing. You are going to find yourself lonely until another love comes to lift you up and save you.

And, in time, It will happen again.

She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not


(100 word challenge)

It was a fight for the ages, a fight to be all they once were.

“There’s nothing about you that I’m attracted to,” he said.

She cried. “What am I supposed to do with that? You shut me out at every turn and shut this relationship down.”

“You’ve changed.”

“You never say how.”

Then, he said, “It’s not you it’s me.”

She exploded. “You’re hiding and when you’re not, you’re lashing out. You’ve been angry for seven years!”

Arms folded he refused to look at her. “You don’t know me.”

“I only know what you share with me.”

She Rises


(Daily Prompt: Broken)

Broken.  That’s how you left me.

Breaking.  That’s what you’re doing to me now since you’ve come back, driving me to brokenness once more.

Broken.  Chains that bound me to “worthless,” “useless,” “stupid,” “aggravating,” and “not good enough.”

Breaking.  Trust, peace of mind…our bond.


But not shattered.

I will always rise again.

We Walk Alone


The Sound of Silence

Simon and Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by
The flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Deafening Silence


(100 word challenge)

A yellow rose falls to the ground and delicate petals scatter.

I know you can hear me. I know you can see me. I know with each passing day that you are walling yourself in a distant house on a hill, and you are drawing the heavy drapes closed.

I wait at the iron gate. It’s crowded thick with overgrown rose bushes that have been ignored far too long.

A thorn catches my t-shirt and blood is drawn. I cannot cry; the silence and indifference will become crushing.

We used to live together. But now you have shut. me. out.

How Much Longer?


(Daily Prompt: Disappear / 100 word challenge)

She wanted to disappear, to just evaporate on the spot. His words reduced her to nothing and cut her down when she came to him with everything.

But she knows herself, possesses that knowledge, and knows that the love she gives is not a desperate request for more, but rather a deposit made to him from her wealth.

The rejection hurts as much as it did the first time. She knew the risk when he came back.

But she believed then, as much as she believes now, in a man capable of love.

This unwavering belief will not disappear.