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10/01/2009

100 Word Challenge - Bear

What follows is in response to the 100 Word Challenge, authored by the unfailing Velvet Verbosity, a woman who has borne more than most could bear - and is still kickin' it. The word is "Bear".

100 Word Challenge


She was ten. Her mother, on her hands and knees, scrubbin' white folks' floors.
She thought, "This I cannot bear."
She was sixteen. Her brother strung up in a tree in a Mississippi swamp.
She thought, "This I cannot bear."
She was twenty six. Bus driver said, "Get to the back of the bus."
She thought, "This I cannot bear."
She was fifty. Daughter's son, child of an addict, killed in a drive by.
She thought, "This I cannot bear."
She was one hundred. In a wheelchair, she watched the returns.
She thought, "This, Sweet Jesus, this I can bear."

Ndinombethe.

15 comments:

NicoleB said...

Well done!

ree said...

You are amazing!

Shadow said...

wow. you know how to get to the bottom of it...

Elizabeth said...

You never cease to amaze Lou...

Tuli said...

Stunning.

melissa said...

i have chills.
wow.

On a limb with Claudia said...

love it! Very well done!

Jientje said...

I don't know how you do it.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Amazing, hon!

Tara R. said...

You never cease to surprise me. That was so tender.

Rhoni Renee said...

Lovely :-)

CaraBee said...

Wow. Beautifully done.

Momisodes said...

Well done. As always. You never cease to amaze me with your 100 words.

Hyphen Mama said...

Beautiful. As always.

Velvet Verbosity said...

You are the "chosen" one. ;)