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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Human Gutters

Middle-aged and well traveled in the trenches of human gutters; he wept through his story of hopelessness and despair. He cried over the loss of his soul.

He asked if it would ever get better. He asked if he would ever know peace within himself. He asked if he would ever again find dignity. He asked if he could ever again know love.

That night, he would destroy the most precious of gifts. He would pinch out the flame on the candle of his life.

I’ll always wonder what more....


Blogger Donnetta Lee said...

Erik: Tell "him" that there is always another day. He may have to actively pull himself out of that gutter. Keep in touch with family and friends. Eat a good diet. Get out and walk on a pretty day. Get a wonderful pet companion. Professionals abound. Medicines are available. Keep the candle lit. From one who has been there.

8:52 PM EDT  
Blogger ivan said...

Kinda familiar territory, Erik.

Every so often, a' propos of nothing, the periscope goes up automatically and you can see the beautiful world again, and all of you and yours in it.


8:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...



9:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Erik Ivan James said...

I sense that someone may have wondered if this post of tragedy might be about me and my own current state-of-mind.

Nope! And nothing more can be said or done for the man it is about. It's too late.

Me? I'm not at all depressed. I remain a playful critter. I still awake each morning with a hard-on., erm...okay...a semi-erection. ;>)

6:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Bernita said...

Just as long as he doesn't take others with him.

6:55 AM EDT  
Blogger ivan said...


Now that we have started a "society of quarks" on my blog, the girls delved deeper into quarkhood and physics and have found an anti-quark (me?) to ometimes dissolve himself into "a
Well, I too, quark # 1, woke up this morning with a hadron. :)


1:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Donnetta Lee said...

You boys are truly bad.

Erik, good to hear it isn't you feeling so bum. Sorry for whoever it was. Hate it that he didn't make it.


7:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Andromeda said...

i am glad to see you still writing...this is quite beautiful although tragic.

10:20 PM EDT  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

I like this piece! Very evocative--I can feel it. Thanks for sharing, Erik!

(Too true, Bernita.)

7:49 PM EDT  

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