I anticipate... a future

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© Ginevra Radice Fossati
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Grandmother says to us:

- Sons of a ****!

People say to us:

-Sons of a Witch! Sons of a ****!

Others say:

-Idiots! Hooligans! Filthy Kids! Asses! Dirty Pups! Pigs! Little Devils! Bastards! Little squirts! Gallows birds!'

When we hear these words, our faces get red, our ears buzz, our eyes hurt, our knees tremble.

We don't want to blush or tremble any more, we want to get used to abuse, to hurtful words.

We sit down at the kitchen table opposite one another and, looking each other in the eyes, we say more and more terrible words. One of us says:

-Shit! Arse-hole!

The other one says:

-Bugger! Sod!

We go on like this until the words no longer reach our brains, no longer reach even our ears.

We exercise in this way for about half an hour a day, then we go out walking in the streets.

We contrive to have people insult us, and we observe that we have now reached the stage where we don't care anymore.

But there are also the old words:

Mother used to say to us:

-My darlings! My loves! My joy! My adorable little babies!

When we remember these words, our eyes fill with tears.

We must forget these words because nobody says such words tu us now and because our memory of them is too havy a burden to bear,

So we begin our exercise again, in a different way:

-My darlings! My loves! I love you... I shall never leave you... I shall never love anyone but you... Forever... You are my whole life...

By force of repetition, these words gradually loose their meaning, and the pain they carry in them is assuaged.

16 responses

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (4 Mar 2010):

    Forceful portrait with good dof.

  • Ope O

    Ope O gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    good shot

  • Sean-Andrew Pyle

    Sean-Andrew Pyle said (12 Mar 2010):

    yeah i dont know about that

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    Your work is a powerful agent of witness and transition. I anticipate seeing more in the future, and hope this note finds you well.

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (1 Apr 2011):

    Fab Photo! Thank you for you thoughts!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa   gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    Thumbs up.!!!! VOTE

  • Ginevra Radice Fossati

    Ginevra Radice Fossati said (19 Apr 2011):

    Thnak you all so much!!!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (21 Apr 2011):

    MY VOTE!!!

  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) gave props (23 Apr 2011):

    great work here

  • Domenico De Sanctis

    Domenico De Sanctis gave props (5 May 2011):

    An incredible portrait, intense and communicative. I really like your shots, compliments

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (6 May 2011):

    Poignant image and words *voted*

  • Kathy Costello

    Kathy Costello gave props (11 May 2011):

    What a face!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel   gave props (11 May 2011):

    great shot for the theme!!! voted!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (21 May 2011):

    what a beautiful portrait. love it.

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (5 Jun 2011):

    brilliant!! my vote.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Powerful!! My vote!!

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