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Saturday, September 18, 2010

100 words: lost beats

I'm participating in a weekly writing challenge: 100 words. Each week, Velvet Verbosity posts a prompt, and participants write 100 words, in any form, that evoke the word. This week's word: jars.

Lost Beats
He emptied the closets, packing boxes and hauling them to Goodwill, saving the flannel plaid shirt that smelled of sandalwood and sweat. Sifting through books and CDs took longer; he flipped cover pages and scanned liner notes, tracing the handwritten initials. He turned pages, read marginalia, and lingered over the autographed, vintage copy of On the Road. He loaded the five disc player with music he always hated: classical, blues, jazz. He kept Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, soundtrack to their third date. He opened the pantry door, gazed at the gleaming jars of jam, his final gift, and wept.


  1. Beautiful. Stirring. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Very touching. And real.

  3. Anonymous10:09 PM

    Wow. This one tugged at my heartstrings. Very moving.

  4. This was so sad. Sometimes it's the everyday things that reach in and wrench the heart.

  5. Thank you. Beautiful piece.