In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, as well as Valentine’s Day and love (about which I’ve waxed in another flash-fiction post this week), Write Tribe is sponsoring a contest about the “language of love.”
Specifically, this quote by Rumi is to flow through the fiction piece of no more than 600 words:
“Listen with the ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love!”
Therefore, I offer my paean, in fiction form, to tolerance and love of all humanity.
Also, please note: all handles and tweeted content* are entirely from my imagination and not meant to correspond to a real person, real quote, real time, or real place (except for Pope Francis’ quote, which is verified, and the Michael Jackson data). Typos are intentional. AND—this story might contain objectionable content that is NSFW or for children.
Let me know what you think; thanks for reading; and be kind to one another!
A Bird of Eternity
For Jason: You Left Too Soon
Sadly, it fell to me to sift through the remainder of my friend J.M.’s (@TheJManfromETown*) digital signature. This all reminds me of English Romantic poet John Keats, who died aged 25 years. His epitaph says: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’
J.M. drifted away from our hometown years ago, but I will miss his many roomed heart, veined in invisible ink though it might be. I offer you this pulsing Polaroid of his online life.
Nov. 11: @GinaBeanaQueena: Girl, your rockin’ those jeans. It’s been years since theater! DM me.
Nov. 18: @BigBlondBeastXXX: You look so frikken HOT! Do they call you B-cubed?
Nov. 21: @LoveBigStrongMenXXX: Post them all. Aint afraid to beg.
Nov. 25: @TheJManfromETown checked into @HopeSprings Oncology at 1:40 p.m.
Nov. 27: @LoveBigStrongMenXXX: So sorry to hear about problems at work. But psyked your naked.
Nov. 27: @BigBlondBeastXXX : It is B-cubed, isn’t it? Have a great day, Stud! 😉
Nov. 28: @HomophobesSuckIt: Yeah, counts are up. Goin in for another treatment. Chemo bites.
Nov. 28: @BigBlondBeastXXX: Whadda I gotta do to get a follow? I have all your vids.
Nov. 29: @Man-LoveisBlind: Yup, I’m voice of experience. The South = Kentucky Fried Homophobia.
Nov. 30: Michael Jackson’s Thriller released 2day in 1982. I maybe old, but I know some1 who can still rock the zippered look–@BrandinTfromPhillyXXX #sexybeast #hot
Dec. 1: Don’t forget those who fell prey to a terrible disease–and their survivors. AIDS is one four-letter word that should die out of the dictionary. Support World AIDS Day, No H8. #lgbt
Dec. 2: @BigBlondBeastXXX: Happy birthday, B3! Rising the wine glass to you.
Dec. 5: @LoveGodNotFags4ever: Do I know you? John Stewart said some cool stuff abt being #gay, google it. Don’t H8.
Dec. 5: @LoveGodNotFags4ever: In yr honor my boxers R purple. RT @AlltheCoolPeopleAreLGBT: Wear purple to show yr supt 4 gay, lesbian, bisexual, & trans youth vs bullying.
Dec. 5: @LoveGodNotFags4ever: It’s a free country. More power to you.
Dec. 6: @FriendsofEltotheGtotheBtotheT: Zane, yr new baby is just gorgeous. She has yr dimples.
Dec. 7: Tweeps, I know times are hard, but if I can donate a few boxes to @EdenTreeFoodPantryNFP, so can you. #stophunger
Dec. 7: @XTCWiththeBoyz: Lookin’ good. Gotta admit, love me a man in a (tight) uniform.
Dec. 7: @LoveGodNotFags4ever: Look, buddy, you tweeted me 1st. Gonna have to block you now. Buh-bye.
Dec. 8: Raise your hand if you’re still up this late. I can’t sleep.
Dec. 9: Why is it ppl in Priuses speed their asses off? Just wondrin, doesn’t that negate your fuel mpg?
Dec. 9: Awesomeness! MT @LoveFrancisQuotes2013: Today, the thought that a gr8 many children do not have food 2 eat is not news. . . . We cannot become starched Christians . . .
Dec. 11: Bummed . . . With mamaw at the hospital. Think she broke a hip. 😦
Dec. 12: @BigBlondBeastXXX: I’m just glad 2 take pressure off kids who R being bullied or teased. Damn shame.
Dec. 15: Anyone know where to take an injured raccoon? Yes, im serious.
Dec. 17: @GinaBeanaQueena: Yeah, found Wildlife Rehab place for it, on Ash Street. They were real nice. Picked up a volunteer app.
Dec. 17: @GinaBeanaQueena: Mamaw’s doin OK. She’s staying with me, but goes 2 rehab. How RU?
Dec. 18: Tell me, what DO you get for the man who has everything . . . except a boyfriend?
Dec. 18: @TheJManfromETown checked into @BroadCreekPTRehab
Dec. 24: Feeling like shizz today yall. Any1 know some silly songs I should put on iPod? #lonely #cheermeup #please