An Exorcism

Painting by Francisco Goya of Saint Francis Borgia performing an exorcism

Painting by Francisco Goya of Saint Francis Borgia performing an exorcism

Silence is golden. Silence is golden.  I repeated.  Please don’t!  But the words were out.  I saw his loving face contort into pain when the thing in my mouth spoke.  It was awake.

This weekend’s Trifextra challenge has asked us to exorcise a demon in 33 words.  Dramatic, isn’t it?

I dedicate this post to my outbursts, the many times I say things I wish I didn’t.  I speak before I think, much too often.  I am as blunt as a thousand-year old sword, but my words are sometimes just as deadly.  And once the words are spoken, no “Sorry” however heartfelt, can take them back.

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29 comments on “An Exorcism

  1. deanabo says:

    I hate it when I speak before I think. I also get mad when I think of things that I should have said instead. Great post.

    • Sandra says:

      Yeah I know what you mean..your tongue shrivels up on the spot then later all kinds of eloquent speeches start coming to your head. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Draug419 says:

    I love the personification of your outbursts as a little mouth demon thing. I hope he can forgive you!

  3. jannatwrites says:

    I’ve done this, too. I wish I had a time delay on my words like they do on TV for live shows.

  4. Lumdog says:

    Your “demon” is expressed in a powerful and stark way. I hope he can see past this and know you not just for what you said at that moment.

  5. Linda Vernon says:

    Yikes! This is good. Being aware of the demon, that’s scarey.

  6. atrm61 says:

    Just loved this Sandra!It made me wish I could write like this-the imagery your piece conjured up is mind blowing!Loved the “dramatic” bit about the demon waking up & speaking!Bravo!:-)

  7. barbara says:

    durned demon rum . . . erm, demon tongue! It’s a rogue, it is. Well said.

  8. kgwaite says:

    Blunt as a 1000 year old sword. This was such a neat piece. Silence is golden, indeed. Then we turn to the paper…or the keyboard.

  9. Sandra says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to detach that thing in our mouths from our faces? 🙂 I agree with Kelly–paper or keyboard is the better outlet in this case.

    • Sandra says:

      Agreed…as long as you do not publish the pent up anger for all the world to see (including your target) 😉 But it’s very true, writing helps a lot!

  10. Tara R. says:

    It took many years before I could bite my tongue and not say the first thing that popped into my head. Counting to ten did actually help a lot.

  11. Gina says:

    Oh boy. I try to think before I speak. Usually it works but when it doesn’t, I’m usually in big trouble.

  12. It’s true. Whomever said, “but words will never hurt me” lied. Words, when spoken by those we cherish, have the power to strike at our hearts in a way few other things can.

  13. Ryan says:

    Great last line.

  14. Oh, I know this place. And it does feel like something foreign escaping from my mouth. Thanks for putting yourself out there.

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