Cross over- Micro-prose in 50 words



Tread on gently.

It's tough to say goodbye. Even when you know it's desirable. Explain, if you must, but keep it short. Do not mock the tears that might flow out. Don't utter words that you'd regret.

A schism has been formed, but there's no need to burn the bridge.

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14 comments:

  1. The gentle nuanced 'leaving' here is so elegantly conveyed. I like the note on which it ends. Not burning bridges and not holding grudges is most important when we leave a relationship. Enjoyed this, Uma :)

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    1. I'm glad the essence came through, Shailaja, and glad you liked it too. Thanks for pushing me to attempt.

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  2. Wise words, indeed. Separate if we must, but burning bridges serves no purpose. Almost ends on a positive note, suggests an awareness that there is more at stake than immediate feelings.

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    1. It need not be always be a bitter separation, if you can help it. Thanks for reading, Lisa!

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  3. It's about moving on with pride. Loved it, Uma and you wrote this piece.

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    1. We can keep the dignity intact even when losing a relationship, right? Thank you, Parul <3

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  4. The best way to part is with goodness in each other's hearts. A good, healthy way to move forward in life.

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    1. Indeed, Vanessa. Thanks for commenting and sharing :)

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  5. 'Tread on gently' and 'don't mock the tears' paints for me a picture that this person leaving may want it more than the one being left. It's as if this person is tip toeing out the door so as not to create waves. Interesting piece!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Patricia.

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  6. The last line in this piece is so beautiful! That imagery of this wide space between two lovers with no need to burn the bridge gives this idea that you can be cordial in a break-up, and this piece works as a sort-of "how to" on the act. So eloquently delivered, too!

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    1. I'm glad you thought it was well delivered. I did mean it to be a "how-to" of sorts. Thank you, Tony!

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  7. Gentle - there's no need to burn the bridges - sensible, no drama but poignant.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Kalpanaa :)

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