(Author’s note: About the time I get back into the swing of things: mandatory overtime. Here’s tonight’s read!)
Silence And I
by Miles H. Rost
“Mom, guess what?! I got an A–”
“Shut up. I’m watching my show.”
Professor: “What is your opinion on this, class?”
Student: “Well, we live in a society.–”
Professor: “Not you. Be silent. Gloria?”
Gloria: “We live in a society…”
“Gina, would you like to get mar–”
“Can we just sit here and not talk?”
Standing on the edge, looking into the deep 175 feet below.
“Hey! You! Get down from there!”
He heard nothing as he jumped off the bridge, head first.
No wind. No screams. No horns.
Nothing but silence, and the end.
Powerful and poignant story. One of the first things my now-ex-husband said to me was, “Be quiet.”
The funny thing about this is that the one person that I hoped would read it and understand what I was saying, well… they didn’t get it. The issue of people being silenced is becoming a big problem.
What a bunch of dysfunctional people! Really good writing, Miles.
It’s the society. A culture where you shut up and conform, or you get canceled. It’s not a good thing, lemme tell ya.