SIGN YOUR NAME ACROSS MY HEART

The benches sit empty now.

Once they had gathered there every morning, under the shade of the tree, watching the passing cars and mopeds and the pedestrians hurrying along the pavement on their way to work.

That was where he saw her for the first time, going into the store across the road. That was when he left the benches and followed her. That was the end of his childhood.

He remembers the faces of his friends. All gone now. Some had made it out of the neighbourhood, most had not.

She had been his saviour from that life.

Copyright Roger Bultot

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47 responses to “SIGN YOUR NAME ACROSS MY HEART”

  1. Wonderfully evocative, Iain

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  2. Those significant turning points in life that we only notice retrospectively! An excellent contribution!

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  3. He followed her and then never returned to the benches again.
    Though most his friends are still in the neighbourhood, they do not sit there, nor does the present generation.
    Well expressed.

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  4. Dear Iain,

    Lovely slice of a larger story. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. If only one could lift everyone to a place where they felt comfortable, perhaps earths problems would be solved

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  6. Sometimes people have to decisions that effect their life. By staying there would not be good for him. It’s nice to look back and be glad you made the right decision.

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    1. It is good when you know you did the right thing!

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  7. Very poignant story, Iain.
    I have had an experience which touched on similar emotions over the last couple of days. My daughter brought home a baby simulation doll from school as part of her child studies class. I had no idea what to expect from the experience myself except probably a lack of sleep as she sleeps right next door to us. However, I was unprepared for emotions and memories the doll generated. The babies are still clearly a doll but also quite lifelike and weigh the same as a real newborn and are actually heavy. It took me back to all sorts of places mostly very happy memories and there was also that real sense of going back to a place I’ve moved on from and a weird sense of finding something there which means a lot.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  8. Excellent slice of life story, Iain. There are few happy endings in the ghetto.

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  9. Hooray! for saviors. His came at just the right time.

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  10. It’s odd looking back and pondering life. What happened to everyone? Some came good, others didn’t.

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    1. Yep, I imagine everyone has those same sort of memories

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  11. She led, he followed and never looked back it seems.

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    1. Sometimes you just need someone to show you the way

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  12. A poignant, half hopeful, half sad story. Word visuals are spot on from the photo prompt…I see the characters, the scene, the action external and internal.

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  13. This could have been anyplace, anytime, anybody. Well conceived, Iain.

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  14. This was tender and evocative and a beautiful slice of life.

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  15. This is beautiful, stirring memories and emotions in almost every reader. And I love the title, now the song plays in my head.

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it 😉

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  16. This has an Empty chairs at empty tables feel, makes me wonder what happened to his friends and how far he had to go to escape. Very powerful in what isn’t said as much as what is.

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    1. Thanks so much, much appreciated 🙂

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  17. A very heartfelt, beautiful piece.

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  18. Sadly nostalgic yet positive, too. Good one, Iain.

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  19. Oh this is lovely and emotional. A sweet memory.

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  20. Looks like he did right following lady luck.

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