Story 2 – Dream – Part 2


I sat and watched you sip your tea, I asked the question, why?

You cast your eyes down, as if seeking the words

For now you weren’t with your pen, your trusty scribe

You were in the immediate, facing the man to whom you had confided so much.


I knew it had to be a serious issue, why travel so far, for afternoon tea?

I could see that you were hesitating, looking inside for the right words to begin

Then it flowed out, as I had read so many times before,

The most elegant of words, always from the heart, truthful and honest.


It seems he, the one you most feared had stumbled upon our letters

Had fronted you with them, accused and ridiculed

Had asked the question of who would possibly love you

When he was all you had ever known, had accepted you, ugliness and all.


The bully standover man he was, had made your life hell

Expected so much, gave so little back, no love, no life.

He pushed you as if he owned you, said you only had the life he gave you.

I knew you longed to get away, something had triggered this event.


You stared at the table then up at me, then I saw what I had never seen before

Not the tears, I had heard them, seen then in the words you spoke

But the pain in your eyes, the hurt that cannot be explained

The humiliation I know you have felt living this way, so powerless.


Tissues at the ready, your tale poured out

I listened as all I could do there and then

You asked for no comment I let you speak

I wanted you to know I was hearing not judging.


Some time passed, I don’t know how long

I was focused only on you, taking in the physical

I looked past the tears, and into the person I knew

Whose words enamoured me for so long.


There before me was a girl, one I thought I knew

But one with so much more to see, take in

A depth I had not encountered before, a reality, a physical being

I wanted to stay here in this moment, savouring you.


When you stopped you were embarrassed by what had happened,

Your eyes were red, so many tears, so many words, so much emotion,

You were at last exhausted of words, you sat, dabbed your eyes,

Now as if awaiting my judgment, which never came.


Instead I walked round the table, held out my hand

This time the contact was different, electric, knowing

I lifted you into my arms, held you, as you again sobbed

Felt the warmth of my person against your pain and cold.


Our embrace lasted until you stopped, again some embarrassment,

I stroked your hair, your face I held in my hands

I spoke to you of safety, of being here for you, of care for your hurt

You sank back into me, my arms wrapped around you, a moment of warmth.

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15 Responses to Story 2 – Dream – Part 2

  1. Emotional writing Michael, filled with tenderness and vulnerability

  2. Mama Zen says:

    Beautiful writing.

  3. Very lovely – such deep caring and empathy! 🙂 🙂

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  5. “you weren’t with your pen, your trusty scribe / You were in the immediate, facing the man to whom you had confided so much.”

    It can be a terrifying thing — opening up to someone — face-to-face — and you’ve captured the emotions so beautifully.

  6. Indeed a very emotional piece, covering quite a few areas, cruelty, confusion, anger, confiding, love and I just adore the word enamoured..onto part 3

  7. RoSy says:

    Wow Michael – love the emotions coming out here. One pouring out her emotions & another taking part just as much with his silence. Hmmm…hope I made sense there. If you understood what I meant – then you’re gooooooooood! 😉

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