Writing Prompt #109 “Zero”

http://www.zeroshortfilm.com

Timid boy

Humiliation

Ridicule

Intimidation

His butt the butt of many a joke.

Gentle in nature

Always on the edge

Thought of as weak

No asset for anyone

Never selected, never considered.

Overlooked for promotion

Little worth to anyone

But Lyla saw what none had seen

Reached out a hand

Led him home.

A man unlike other men

Saw no need to thrust and parry

Preferred to nurture

Build and savour

Reap the love that came his way.

Different was fine

He was content in that

A family with Lyla

Little individuals like him

Gathered around to hear his tales.

At last his time ran out

He stood among them

Received their thanks with graciousness

They said he would be missed

As they lined up his replacement.

A work colleague

Said thank you friend

You asked if I was ok

No one but you bothered

I’ll always remember that.

Stepping out on Lyla’s arm

Derision no more

Reverence and gratitude

Bestowed on his name

Will we see his like again?

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/writing-prompt-109-zero/

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20 Responses to Writing Prompt #109 “Zero”

  1. A man unlike other men

    Saw no need to thrust and parry

    Preferred to nurture

    Build and savour

    What a beautiful soul Michael, wonderful!

  2. DELL CLOVER says:

    Oh my goodness, that touched my heart so–I’d love to meet a man like that…..

  3. mandy says:

    Choking back tears at that video, Michael, whew! And then your words capture it all–So glad a girl like Lyla came along for Zero. Beautiful piece.

  4. mj6969 says:

    Great response to the prompt – and watching the video – well, that was just something.

    Yves always does like to challenge us 😉

    As for the few good men – since there is a long line – do you mind if I find some shade and sit, waiting, instead? 😉

  5. phylor says:

    I didn’t watch the video — by Yves commentary I knew it would “hit too close to home.” I’m so glad he found Lyla who saw in him what others didn’t see. It builds self-confidence, self-strength, kindness.
    Stepping out on Lyla’s arm
    Derision no more
    Reverence and gratitude
    Bestowed on his name
    wonderful

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