Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Blues - Fading to Gray

Since my baby left me
Ain’t no music in my soul.
I said, since my baby left me
There ain’t no music in my soul.
She took away the sunshine
All I got left is gray and old.

I looked across the room at the singer. Head back, eyes closed, his fingers wringing sadness from guitar strings late into this night.

“You’re playing my song, brother,” I said, so softy no one heard. “You’re playing my song.”

For much of my life, I’d lived in the shadows. She changed all that. Everywhere she went, life was a blaze of color. You couldn’t look at her without being dazzled. Green eyes, red lips, flame to her hair.

I was dazzled. So dazzled, for a long time I couldn’t see. So I shut my eyes and saw all the colors she brought to our days, to our nights.

She changed my life from shadow, then changed it back again.

I used to find people. I was good at it. It’s what they paid me to do.

I found her. And I found him. I found them.

There was one last flash of brilliant red. Then my world grew dark again.

I still find people. It’s how I pay my way, now I have nothing left to lose.

I look once more at the singer. “I’m not here for you tonight, brother. No matter what you say, there’s music yet in your soul.”

I drop a twenty in his glass. “Me? I lost my soul two, three lifetimes ago.”

I drift towards the man in the expensive suit pouring expensive champagne into two much younger women. He’s the one I’m here to find.

I’m still good at it.


  1. Thanks, Tim. I needed to get this one in before the end of Hallowe'en. Glad you liked it.

  2. I like this! It could be a prologue to an entire novel.

  3. @Laura - I hadn't thought of it in those terms, but I can see how it might become such a thing. Hmmm...

  4. Really excellent little piece. Evocative of a wider story, but still complete in itself.

  5. Thanks, Icy. I'm warming up to the idea of this being part of a larger whole. Glad it still stands on its own two feet though.

  6. How on earth did I miss this until now!

    I really liked this! It's intriguing and yet end perfectly and yet could be the intro to another chapter.

    You have it in the bag - it is a great stand alone and yet it also promises to be something much bigger.


  7. Many thanks, Helen. I'll have to do some thinking about this - post November, that is. And see what comes of it.