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Pause For Silence

“When do you stop?” he asked with fingers threaded through mine. I knew what he meant. He meant jumbled notepads, cluttered desktops and sticky note post-its with more tasks that I could fit around my laptop screen. He meant tomorrow’s ‘to do’ and yesterdays unfinished.

“Can’t you pause?” he asked. “Let it all go for a bit?”

“Sometimes.” I answer, avoiding speaking of night-time sleeplessness, too hyped from caffeine and brain hopping ideas, too frantic to concentrate and too many to ignore.

“Sometimes there are moments of calm.”

I don’t say that there are moments when I look at him and all I think of is that moment, even though I know it is clichéd and I should be beyond using such ideas. I don’t tell him that there is one uncertainty that dwarfs and mutes every aspect of chaos in my life.

I don’t want think of how quickly I might call this love.

Visdare 30

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers here on Writing and Works.


  1. That is an incredible moment to portray, especially in so short a length. You managed it perfectly. The emotions and pictures you can put together in under 100 or 150 words is really inspiring.

  2. Ahhhhh I love your POV character. I can instantly identify with her, and all her brain-hopping, sleep deprived busy-ness – and her doubts too. So well written. Thanks for another great VisDare!

  3. Will she ever have space for love around her love for work? I wonder if she even knows. Very nice.

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