Very Short Stories…365 days a year

I recently discovered the hashtag #vss365 on twitter. Writing these ‘very short stories’, based on prompts given by others, adds a spark of joy to me as a writer.

Using prompts given by others allows my mind to wander & explore various different avenues (thoughts). I don’t read others’ #vss stories before I pen down my own. I figure, if I do, it may affect my own thoughts & steer them in a certain direction. I love freewriting; I let my mind wander & let it create its own story. If I forget or skip a day… no harm is done. I write because I enjoy it. I haven’t turned it into a chore.

Sharing a few of my vss with you. Enjoy

Determined to resolve a dazzling math problem scribbled on the board
I rested my head on my palms & looked up & out of the window
The teacher strolling the aisle, pauzed at my side & said
“You hoping for a miracle?”
His faith in girls & maths was slim, my resolve grew

#resolve

“When a counselor is having a hard time, when he or she is like in the depths of despair, who do they go to?” I ask my therapist, “Who do u consult?”

He smiles. “Yes, once in a while we all need some guidance & advice. We have each other” and adds “use your empathy wisely my dear”

#empathy #consult

Just like nuclear fusion, people want to radiate
Radiate warmth & shed a light, for others to feel welcome & at ease
Just like nuclear fusion, people’s warmth can be deployed for good or bad
Used well, we create an inclusive world
Just like fusion, people want to radiate

#radiate

Who knows what goes on inside?
No one
Who really knows me, knows what I think, what I am?
No one, not even me, myself & I
We are all strangers here & the world is our play
a masquerade
a different mask for each actor we meet
a different mask each day

#strangers

“Toughen up” is what ‘we’ tell our little boys who feel & shed tears for the hurt of others
“mellow down” is not something we say to little boisterous boys
Why?

Normalise & stimulate empathy in everyone, not only in women, but in men, boys & girls too

#Normalise

Those voices in my head, day in day out.
Non-stop questions & possible answers, hypothetical questions & probable answers, rhetorical questions with no answers.
All those voices in my head sometimes driving me crazy, but just as much a part of me as my right leg

#hypothetical

A sunny autumn day, marvelling at the greens, oranges, yellows and browns
I turn to face the sun & my toddler
“Look mama I have a foreshadow & you have a backshadow”

#foreshadow

“Anything can be your trademark, your uniqueness, that which defines you, who you are: your identity. Your fingerprints are you, always will be, just like DNA,” he said
“Yes, but my DNA I can’t erase, my fingerprints I can & I will.”
I rubbed away at the tree rings of my fingers

#fingerprints

Published by shakti

Author of Colours of a Cultural Chameleon. Kindle & paperback available on Amazon

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