Silent Saturday

21 Nov

Tell me something.


Posted by on November 21, 2009 in Photography, Texas


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3 responses to “Silent Saturday

  1. Doug

    November 21, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Places like that are getting very quiet here. I just realized that I have not been on a swing in several years.

  2. davecandoit

    November 21, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    “There used to be children playing on that swing, I remember them clearly.”

    “Uh huh. And what do you see now, in the photo?”

    Sarah looks out the leaded-glass window of the doctor’s office at a street bustling with traffic, at umbrellas with people under them hurriedly trying to get out of the grey afternoon downpour. The doctor steeples his hands under his chin, waiting patiently. The photo waits also, laid flat on the mahogany desk between them.

    “I don’t know what I see. I see empty swings. I see no children.” She frowns at the photo, unsure of the right answer.

    “There are no right or wrong answers, Sarah,” the doctor says. Just relax and let your mind wander. Don’t try so hard. You’re not on trial, yet.

    “Yes, doctor, I won’t,” she says. She meets his eye, her mouth tightens into a small smile. She looks back down at the photo. Come on, she thinks to herself, it’s right there, the answer. Get in the game, Sarah.

    A small black bird thumps into the window, likely disoriented by the rain. It lands on the ledge. Both Sarah and the doctor rise out of their chairs with a start.

    “My gosh, a bird,” says Sarah.

    The doctor exhales loudly and sits back down behind the desk. “Don’t worry about the bird, Sarah, we’ve got a lot of work to do. Now, the photo.”

    Sarah sits back down and tries to focus on the photo. She knows it means so much to her life, or at least what’s to become of it. The judgment starts tomorrow.

    The doctor leans back and waits.

    Sarah pretends to look at the photo but can’t stop thinking about the bird. Finally, she sneaks another glance at the windowsill.

    Just like the children in the photo, the bird on the windowsill is gone.

  3. rvewong

    November 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Great looking swings. Those long ones really work the best. Wish I had those when I was a toddler.


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