A Free Write Friday prompt from Kellie Elmore… Better late than never.
You are stranded on a remote island with no hope of being rescued. You find only a pen, one sheet of paper and a bottle. You want to let people know what happened to you, who you are and how you wish to be remembered…
To My Dear Friend,
It does not matter who I am, what my name was in life, or what brought me to this desolate place. What matters is that I have something to tell you, and I have only one piece of paper in which to do so.
I spent my life in a protective shell, as crabs are want to do, never having the courage to trust myself or others, never emerging from my self-made darkness for the fear losing it’s imagined protection. I kept everyone at a safe distance, never allowing them access to the soft inner heart so fragile and weary.
It has brought me here, to a desolate island of solitude in a sea of loneliness, casting this desperate message in a bottle to the ceaseless tides… Perhaps it is a vain hope that the right person will find it, but if by some wild chance this has occurred, heed well these words my friend:
No man is an island, nor is any woman. Love with all the courage you possess, lest you find yourself on such lifeless shores as I have, with only a pen to accompany you into eternity. Love is hard to come by in this world and I would wish to tell you never to discard it, judge it, or let it pass you by. Hold all that you are given, no matter how sleight, as the precious gift that it is.
Loving is always worth the risk, if you consider the alternative.