People Watchers

“The core of every fruit is better than its rind,” Mike read aloud before placing his book on the hotel bed and retrieving an orange from the extravagant fruit basket.

Laura squinted at the title of the poem he was reading -“Precious Core,” by Rumi. Room service had just delivered a tray of oysters on the balcony. They sat down for a bite and to people watch. The world seemed so peaceful from this height. So sane.

“You think the core of humans is soft or chewy,” she asked, peering down at the crowds below. “Perhaps they’re a bit gooey like these oysters?”

Mike laughed, then his face grew serious. Some people are hard to crack. It’s okay if you cry.

The visiting angel shook her head. “No! I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.

Photo by Tommaso Cantelli on Unsplash

Today, Lisa hosts dVerse Prosery where we write a short prose piece of no more than 144 words and include the quote: No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. (We are allowed to change punctuation only) This quote is from “How does it feel to be Colored Me,” in World Tomorrow (1928) by Zora Neale Hurston.

43 thoughts on “People Watchers

  1. I love your question, which just happens to fall right at the center of your story. So much good description in here, Tricia, and I like the Rumi quote. Lots of food for thought. BTW I’ve never eaten oysters I’ve eaten clam chowder and it was quite tasty 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is Tricia Sankey, whose “musings of a milspouse” site is a long-standing favorite, so I’m remiss in having taken so long to share her with you. A professional editor and ghostwriter, Tricia, who also “plays with words in her free time,” loves “helping (her) clients crush through their writing block and create something they can be assured is well-written.” And indeed, she knows how. The proof is in her own writing!

  3. This is absolutely stunning! 😀 I love the question which you pose here; “You think the core of humans is soft or chewy,”.. as there is so much to them than meets the eye. We are a complex species. 💝

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