WordPress’ daily prompt: Break the Silence

Normandy Landing Beach

Normandy Landing Beach


One Broken Soul

Soldiers Field was packed with people, but I noticed him right away. He pushed his bike walking slowly toward where our local memorial service would be. He looked different. He looked like a broken man. I wondered if he used drug or consumed alcohol. As broken as he was, how would he comfort himself?

When the service started, I turned around and was surprised to see him standing right behind me. I tried to have an eye contact with him, but he didn’t look my way. Soon after the service was started, I heard him sobbing. I wanted to reach out to hold his hands, but I didn’t know what he would think. I didn’t know what my husband would say.

He cried louder and louder. Someone should give him a hug, I thought. Looking around, I saw people act as if they didn’t hear a thing. “Please, someone do something,” I begged in my mind and waited.

He apparently was somewhat embarrassed with his uncontrollable emotion. Before the service ended, he quietly left. I watched him walking away, having an urge to go after him, but I couldn’t move.

I hated being an introvert that day.

Written in response to WordPress’ daily prompt: Break the Silence


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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6 Responses to WordPress’ daily prompt: Break the Silence

  1. joannesisco says:

    What a very sad experience.


  2. Helen C says:

    Even though I don’t know the guy, it was heart broken to see someone in such a pain. This happened two years ago. I thought of him once in a while, hoping he is doing well. Thank you for your comment.


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  4. pambrittain says:

    What a sad experience. A hug might not have been the wisest move, but I sure can relate.


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