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"There are good days and there are bad days," you would say to me as you would try and explain away why the whiskey bottle was empty again this morning, why you smelled like her and why you thought it was best to let me know what you had done. At least that way, you were absolved of the gift of lying; the one your bones were too light to lift and just couldn't take, by bestowing me with betrayal.

My mother would bring me an encouraging cup of tea in a giant pink mug instead of a cup and explain, "There are good days and there are bad days." Her eyes were always full of positive energy and strength and good will. I look back to those days and try and gain the strength she had in her bones from her words. I always fail.

They told me I had a disease within my bones. It started from the bottom of my knee and was moving upwards. Because that is what bones did. They broke from the inside out. "There will be good days and bad days," they warned me. I knew at that very point that it was going to eat my bones and spit them out once the muscle and strength from them had melted.

There have been good days and bad days, I tell myself as I hold your hand, waiting for the last of the treatments that may save the structure that is holding me together, before it falls apart completely. You ask me if I would like some water. I say yes, a glass, if it would help my bones grow back. It worked for plants. It may work for me, too.

You look at me, puzzled for a few seconds before asking if I am all right.

"Today is a bad day." I say quietly, "I can feel it in my bones."
I wrote this for a friend of mind who has struggled through her pain with so much grace that it would humble the hardest of men and women.

The remark she made that always stayed in my head: "There are good days and bad days."

She told me she wanted a story to never ever forget how she felt about what she had gone through. I don't think I can ever capture her grace, her beauty and her wisdom, but I did try and give her her words back.

I am humbled by the fact that she liked it but I can give her something better. Ritu. You are an angel amongst mortals and you will always be my beacon of strength.

(This story was included in my book as well, as per her request.)





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DysfunctionalMisfit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there is writing. And then there is writing. Words that coat your body in a liquid version of fire and ice. Words that curl your toes and bring water to your eyes. There are people. And then there are artists. People who have the ability to cause that blessed liquid to course over the flesh of others. You my friend are an artist
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PrettyFeet2Gimp Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful, just beautiful! You really never know how strong a person is, until they have no choice but to be strong. <3
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the-neon-affairs Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful...I have so much admiration for people who are ill and have that type of attitude. :heart:
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NinjAPixiEX3 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God this is beautiful. You can see how determined she is in your writing.
What disease did she go through?
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Rojozorra Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautifully sweet. I've heard that phrase many a time in my life and it always pulls at my heartstrings. I don't normally use the word bless but bless her heart and her soul for the pain she's endured.
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! I wish I had something better to say, but I don't. Your writing is amazing.
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mintybreeze Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful . Strong. I like this. (you're writing a book?! :) )
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iceblade56 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Breathtaking in every sense of the word
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LoliMoetan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Very, very.. VERY, great!
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!! :hug:
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