Stories

My favorite opening line from a Ray Carver short story reads, “I’ve seen some things.” Winter weary, in mid-February: I’ve heard some things.

A colleague shares a nearly-unbelievable story of her marriage breakup, and I think, madness, madness. The story is so unreal, it’s plausible to me. Kierkegaard wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Every morning, every evening, the light lingers just a little longer, reminds us that spring is buried deep but not impossibly buried, that forwards is always the thrust of life.  Smartphones and the internet notwithstanding, the human story in many ways repeats its endless variations of the same simple story, over and over. We’re sentient beings on a changing planet. Snow trickles into tulips. Spring light inevitably emerges.

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About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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5 Responses to Stories

  1. I love the Kierkegaard quote. So true.

  2. Nancy says:

    This was very satisfying to read. You have such a way with words. I think many of us have survived unbelievable stories. “…the human story in many ways repeats its endless variations of the same simple story, over and over..” For some reason (maybe the photo along with your writing?), these words of yours reminded me of the great Swedish film “Under the Sun” which begins with a quotation from Ecclesiastes : “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

  3. Nancy says:

    Oh yes, the Kierkegaard quote=truth. 🌻

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