FFfAW: Catharsis

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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Adolescent, no guidance and neglected
Heart of rage
No advice nor sage

Homewrecker, power and abuse
Heart of hate
Blackened, innate 

Poisonous thoughts, despair and depression
Heart of anger
Drugs and rancor

End beckons, alone and forgotten
Heart of rust
Crumbling like dust

This rage must stay lit, for the darkness to hit
The choice is yours, keep burning or desist.

With a slight tremble, Paul walked off stage. The silence persisted for a few more seconds, then a hushed applause broke out as the audience gulped back tears, uncertain if such a raw display of emotion should be cheered or silently contemplated.

Paul had encapsulated his life’s odyssey in these lines, which he read aloud in front of others who had and were experiencing the same.

As Amanda gently squeezed his hand, he looked up and she gave him her reassuring ‘I’m proud of you’ smile. She had helped him out of obscurity but the struggle to wholly purge the venom within had to be his alone and he was gradually getting there.


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Author: Ugly Aphrodite (Available on Amazon Kindle) Ah, the need to get your thoughts out there! Happy reading folks!
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32 Responses to FFfAW: Catharsis

  1. gloverdeb says:

    I like this. So creative. Well done!

  2. Sonya says:

    Ah, the power of poetry… Great take on the prompt!

  3. Awesome! Great poem at the beginning and then the story behind it. WONDERFUL!!

  4. The Voice says:

    I think Priceless Joy captured exactly what I wanted to say. Well done.

  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Love the lyrics/poem and great story. Good choice of female character name 🙂

  6. The poem and the story make more great flash fiction together. Glad the word count worked!

  7. A poem embedded in a story! This is wonderfully done!

  8. luckyjc007 says:

    Wonderful poem and story! 🙂

  9. samratkel says:

    I love the sentiment in this redemption journey!!

  10. maria says:

    I, too, am confused whether I should cheer for him or silently contemplate the song’s powerful message. Great poem, S! And story, too. 😀

  11. afairymind says:

    Beautifully done, both the poem and the story. 🙂

  12. rogershipp says:

    ” uncertain if such a raw display of emotion should be cheered or silently contemplated.” That is what great music does!

  13. A very lovely read wrapped in love, acceptance and warmth. Nice.

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