The prosery challenge for dverse was such a hard one I had to try to crack it. It doesn’t work, in the sense that I would not usually use words in this way, but the phrase is all there, unbroken, intact, and the story came out at exactly 144 words.
“when it is over said and done
it was a time
and there was never enough of it.”
–Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, “A Time”
You only appreciate love when it is over, said and done it. Was a time, and there was never enough of it, when love seemed as though it would last forever, when the words we said weren’t platitudes, when what we did and planned seemed utterly exceptional.
Life teaches us different. It isn’t lines pinched from romantic films or silly presents, flowers that wilt and smell rank that guarantee a life of happiness, it’s the things that never need to be spoken, asked or told. It’s the presents of presence, of doing what needs to be done unbidden, not expecting thanks or praise.
We learned that the hard way, by taking the wrong route, gathering flowers and useless presents that ended up in the bin with the unpaid bills and left our faces with the sour lines about the mouth that never go away.