The Angry Musician
A famous folk artist approached the desk.
“Where are my songs about struggle?” he asked.
Obviously, I didn’t have an answer for him. So I suggested the cleaning staff may have found the songs and discarded them.
Obviously, he wasn’t pleased with my answer.
“If I can’t find my songs about struggle, then this was all a waste of time,” he declared. “What am I supposed to do now?”
With a sly grin, I suggested he compose a song about the struggle of misplacing his songs about struggle.
In response, he broke his guitar across my face.
Then I woke up.
I am sorry for the madness you had to endure. The world is angrier than it has ever been. The burden of this weighs heavily on me because I alone cannot fix it.
How brave of you to face the inferno with only a drum and a song. It was a scary scene. A normal person like myself would have run. But you stood your ground. You are braver than I will ever be.
Professor McLuhan said the medium is the message. But the message is getting uglier. Show me a path of restraint before we lose everything.
I’m sorry for the trauma. I’m sorry for the residual effects.
Never thought this was how it would end. I had dreams, just like you. Wanted to make an impact and be celebrated.
But life is cruel and heartless. My life was a failure.
So forgive me as the front of the train crushes my bones and suffocates me. Forgive me for the horrific nightmares this will likely give you. Forgive me for not getting help.
But more importantly, forgive yourself for not reaching out. I simply didn’t want you to know. I chose to wear a mask.
A Sudden Fall
Her fall was anything but graceful.
A dash across the road, a misstep on the curb. The unforgiving concrete caught her. She lied on her back and screamed.
I immediately pulled over. My paranoid side kept barking at me; what if she was a decoy for something evil? Nevertheless, I committed.
Helped her up and retrieved her purse and wrapped sandwich. Offered to call an ambulance, but she declined. Instead, she thanked me before entering a nearby building.
Until I saw her, I was having an awful day. But that pain vanished.
I helped her, but she really helped me.