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In Here

by Harry Buschman


There are times of light and dark in here. I prefer the light times, there is movement all around me then, and sound, too – it is wonderful to hear. When it is dark, it is quiet and the only sound I hear is a double thump; thump, bump – thump bump. A rhythm so regular it lulls me to sleep. So I have learned to regulate my existence by the light and the dark – and the sound.

When the dark comes I seem to lose my senses and I drift away. I pass into a state of unconsciousness which I think is similar to the state I was in before all this began. How would I know such things? I am aware now and I am not aware in the dark – that is why.

The space is confining. It was larger in here just a short time ago, but now I can reach out and touch the sides – the warm smooth sides of my cell. Perhaps the space is the same and I am growing larger ... whichever it is, I am obsessed by the thought that I will not be here much longer. There is something waiting for me outside. There must be more than this. It will be exciting, I believe – I will be outside of where I am now. Outside is where the sound is, the light and the dark come from there. I’m sure I will be very afraid, but I also believe I will find safety and assurance outside, and Oh, there will be much to learn.

But I have already learned a great deal. I learned the difference between light and dark very quickly, and now I am beginning to recognize the sounds from outside. They are like music – sometimes together and sometimes alone – there is one sound I hear more than any of the others. It has been with me from the very beginning, it was in fact the first sound I remember. When I leave here this will be the sound I want to see.

©Harry Buschman 2008
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The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Walt Whitman


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by HarryB

In there
wow... loved this, cleverly done and left me smiling. this could so easily have come off clumsy or affected, but your sparing touch brings the idea to fruition beautifully… my favourite read of the day, Harry, just so you know.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: February 15, 2008 )





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