The nerve

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They had been called “bad nerves”.

He held his hands out as they trembled.

Looking at them with disappointment because he was not able to control the quake.

Twitching nerves that gave him away.

He would clutch his hands tightly together to hide the shaking, but the tension would only travel through the rest of him, making its way up to his throat – disturbing his words.

People called him “the nervous one” for not being able to pull it together.

And I’d ask, “pull what together, exactly?”

“His nerves?”

Did they want him to line them up in an orderly fashion?

Poised and proper, and to their liking?

I always thought that the flutter in his voice made him more real.

Struggling, like he was on the verge of something – almost breaking through.

Teetering back and forth – and that vacillating showed itself through his trembling.

I found that as he spoke I listened more closely to the words vibrating out of him.

Those words of his – reaching in – shaking me.

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26 thoughts on “The nerve

  1. Beautiful. Funny how something, or someone, deemed weak or fragile by some turns out to be more potent. Perhaps something being real, having integrity embodies, and conveys, most powerfully–“reaching in–shaking me.” Cheers.

  2. Outstanding! My “shaking” isn’t visible, but this certainly hit me right in the ole’ “bread basket.” You never cease to impress and deliver!

  3. With this piece you proved the power of subtlety. And, of course, you are very observant. Plus you directed my thoughts towards hypocrisy. How easily people are deprived of ‘be yourself’ in the name of fake peace of mind…

  4. OH Dev! so touching! you have me weak. i’m addicted. you need some sponsors on here. You need to get paid for this!!! too good!

  5. Wow! Thank you, Carl. It’s always a nice option to be able to continue these ideas at a later date. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

  6. The very moment when you notice a difference in someone to the ‘norm’ and decide to act on it is the moment you have failed. Nicely done.

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