Outside her window a Mockingbird chatters, from staccato, to one long even note, and then even a piercing screech. At first she finds it musical, then amusing. Soon she finds it distracting and annoying. She slams the window shut, craving silence. Mockingbirds use every voice they have to attract a mate.

She listens to her voice mail. Her boyfriend explains his actions and pleads forgiveness. She deletes the message. She removes one of the roses from the vase. She notices its frailty. Its petals, worn and brown along the rim. Flowers never last long. The way she laughed at his coy smile when he gave them now mocks her.

Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things? It takes for focus and faith to hear the right voice, away, outside her perimeter. prosery is the prompt. The line is “Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things?” – from Rainer Maria Rilke, “Heartbeat.”

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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17 Responses to Persuasion

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    This is breathtakingly beautiful, Mary! 🙂 I love the image of those roses .. and their association with the feelings that protagonist is experiencing. Yes, “It takes for focus and faith to hear the right voice,” how eloquently you lead us into comprehending it’s meaning, depth and value. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 💝💝


  2. Thank you! I’m so glad you like it!


  3. msjadeli says:

    I like how the fading roses and what they symbolize are synchronously mocked by the mockingbird. I’ve seen nature imitate mood more than once. Really makes me wonder…

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    What a great metaphor for your story. Stay focused and listen for the right voice in your life! Well done Mary.

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  5. kim881 says:

    I love the way you opened with the mockingbird sounds, Mary, which drew me in, and returned to ‘mocking later. The change in tone is interesting, from amused to distracting and annoying – I felt my mood change with the character’s and wanted to know why. I got my answer from the rose. 😊

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  6. Ingrid says:

    I love the ending: in such a cacophony of voices, only through faith can she hear clearly.

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  7. They call it falling in love, and if you fall you often end up bruised.


  8. Oh yeah, and bruises hurt! Thanks Bjorn!


  9. merrildsmith says:

    I hope she finds what she’s looking for. Nicely done with the mocking of the mockingbird and the faded roses.
    (I love mockingbirds, but they certainly do sing on and on.)


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