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Talisman

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

 

This week's word is "light."

 

 

 

Talisman

 

 

By

 

E. A. Irwin

 

 

Aquamarine panorama fills my vision. Pounding surf, upon ancient rock, seduces my ears. I hear the siren’s song, beckoning me to jump from my perch in surrender. Sheets of brilliant hue adorn the sea as the sun presents a heart-stopping show before bidding adieu.

 

From where I sit, the world seems perfect.

 

Seems.

 

A nebulous word. Yet, that is all which remains. Misty vagueness surrounds my heart, an imperfect dwelling where security should lie.

 

Briny wind taunts, though all I smell are zephyrs. A constant reminder of the elements you love.

 

Sea.

 

Wind.

 

Rocks, where I stand, awaiting your return.

 

The sketchbook you gave me is filled with daily reminders representing our lives. As I stare across the vastness of time and space, waves violently caress this place, and all I do is pray their laced cuffs of foam will hold your hands to claim me.

 

Wind catches the straw hat upon my head, worn to avoid the harsh sun’s rays, as I sketch another scene for you. Watching its voyage toward the horizon makes my heart sing our lost melody. Strange, something so unexpected would bring such joy.

 

I have time for one last sketch before I must return to the artifice of life. My hands work with the speed of an unknown force, attempting capture of the sea’s ever-changing beauty.

 

But there exists no remnant of time.

 

Space.

  

Just completeness infusing my heart.

 

My handiwork beseeches my stare. There you are. Picture perfect. Calling from a distant, lighted shore. As I run my hands over your face, I then caress the shell hanging around my neck. The talisman you always touched to bring good fortune, given to me before your last sail.

 

I refuse acceptance of you lost at sea. Surely, I would feel that loss, cutting as the reaper’s scythe divides life. Standing, I remove the talisman, kissing the object of our shared happiness.

 

It is cast into the transfiguring sea. Knowing you will always return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments

Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:18 PM on January 31, 2013 
Thank you, Lindsay. I'm pleased you thought the story beautiful. :-)

Lindsay says...
You had me at the very beginning. Such a beautiful story.
Reply Lindsay
11:01 PM on January 29, 2013 
You had me at the very beginning. Such a beautiful story.
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
8:23 PM on January 29, 2013 
Such nice words, Tai. At times, loss leaves you without a shore to come back to. Such a powerful emotion we as humans must all go through. I'm really pleased everyone has enjoyed this scene. I hope I've touched that heart string in people who continue to read.

Tai says...
This is so profound. Love and loss. One could definitely not exist without the other. And the ray of hope of refusing to accept reality. A human's heart for sure. Beautiful.
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
8:19 PM on January 29, 2013 
The sea is so powerful, Sherry. It evokes all kinds of images and emotions from me. Add lost love and it's a cry-fest. Glad you liked the story.

Sherry Gloag says...
The combination of the power of the sea and the surroundings and lost love makes for a very dynamic scene.
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
8:18 PM on January 29, 2013 
Thank you, V. L.!

V.L. Locey says...
Wonderful imagery!
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
8:17 PM on January 29, 2013 
Thank you for joining my site, Tricia, I appreciate it! I'm pleased you liked the imagery within the story. I love the ocean and wish I had a home there so I could sit and write or paint whenever the whim happened.



Tricia Andersen says...
The imagery from this story was incredible. I could feel and smell the sea. Very good!
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
8:12 PM on January 29, 2013 
Sarah, thank you for your lovely thoughts. Loss is something I don't think anyone can truly get over. You just have to continue living. Glad you liked the scene.

Sarah Cass says...
So moving. I feel the ache of the lost love - and the grim belief and determination that they actually live. The descriptions are wonderful!
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
8:10 PM on January 29, 2013 
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read. I'll leave the resolve up to you. Imagination is a wonderful thing and who knows, the talisman could work its charm. :-)


Davee Jones says...
I wonder if this lost loved one is a lover? Will the talisman bring them back together?
Reply Tai
7:16 PM on January 29, 2013 
This is so profound. Love and loss. One could definitely not exist without the other. And the ray of hope of refusing to accept reality. A human's heart for sure. Beautiful.
Reply Sherry Gloag
2:20 PM on January 29, 2013 
The combination of the power of the sea and the surroundings and lost love makes for a very dynamic scene.
Reply V.L. Locey
7:40 AM on January 29, 2013 
Wonderful imagery!
Reply Tricia Andersen
9:28 PM on January 28, 2013 
The imagery from this story was incredible. I could feel and smell the sea. Very good!
Reply Sarah Cass
8:39 PM on January 28, 2013 
So moving. I feel the ache of the lost love - and the grim belief and determination that they actually live. The descriptions are wonderful!
Reply Davee Jones
6:04 PM on January 28, 2013 
I wonder if this lost loved one is a lover? Will the talisman bring them back together?

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