Secondhand

Copyright - John Nixon

Copyright – John Nixon

He walked towards her as if holding together the edges of a wound.

A wound borne for 50 years.

She’d been beautiful then… walking down the aisle towards some other guy.

He approached her in his arthritic gait, the box in his pocket twitching like a thing alive.

Seeing him, she touched her face then dropped her hand, as if her skin pricked her fingers.

He hoped it wasn’t too late to make her feel beautiful again.

He went down on one knee though it hurt like hell.

It took him 40 years to realize… being second isn’t so bad.

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

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48 thoughts on “Secondhand

    • i guess,he just meant,being the second guy to marry her isn’t so bad. and it really isn’t. he just realized it too late. coz i suppose he’d been too hurt about not being able to be her first. 🙂

  1. Once again, an extremely well written piece. I loved it.
    Evidently, he’s outlived her first husband, so now he is indeed #1. I’m glad his memory held out that long 🙂

  2. You almost had me in tears. Beautiful descriptions, lovely sentiments. Really liked ‘He went down on one knee though it hurt like hell.’ – age impinging on his romantic gesture, but he’s not going to let it beat him.

  3. What really irks me, is how each week you manage to craft a truly beautiful story – and so quickly, too. This one has to be one of the most beautiful. Lines like this one: “He walked towards her as if holding together the edges of a wound” make me want to jump off the nearest cliff. That’s all I want to say.

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