Were He An Accomplished Man ?


She was a woman of significant achievement, pursuing a successful career in the legal profession who enjoyed everything a person could wish for apart from empathy and a trusted companion, while he was a man of little perceptible professional or material value apart from an enhanced sensibility which often added texture to a situation and depth to a conversation: more than that, perhaps, he was kind, because kindness to others was the foundation of his beliefs and the secret behind his poverty: he never placed his needs before another’s, and always said his wish was to understand and discover rather than own, a point of view which had irritated many people in the past, including his father.

As a result of conversations held at a cocktail party hosted by his cousin, more prosperous, more “realistic” if we can use that word, than him, they had become acquainted and he had asked her to dine with him and, she, moved by a sensibility seldom encountered in her professional life, had decided to accept. After all, what could be harmful in a few words exchanged over a convivial meal?

In fact what happened was he opened the curtains of her mind and pointed out the carpet of stars above, visible to those not polluted by material concerns. She found herself moved by his words as little else had done: life became a timeless place, where love-minded souls gathered round the fire of experience and shared their dreams.

Everything her life had taught her told her he was not a man to become involved with but her private soul, which looked out on life and asked the question “Why?” could imagine nothing more precious. Was she privileged to know him or a hostage to her needs ? Only time would tell.

About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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19 Responses to Were He An Accomplished Man ?

  1. ksbeth says:

    so very lucky to have found each other.

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  2. catterel says:

    Lovely enticing start to … what?? Very intriguing! May I be pedantic and point out the verb in your title should be “Were”? xx

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  3. Beautiful, as usual, Peter… Love these tales of awakenings and connections!

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  4. Thank you so much. I am a great admirer of both your sensibility and awareness so any comment from you is especially welcome 🙂

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  5. stardust310 says:

    Amazing! I’m intrigued. Another great one 😊

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  6. cathytea says:

    This is so profoundly poignant . That distillation of moment which every perfect word points to !

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  7. I do hope it ends in disaster – with a sort of Wuthering Heights intensity; an intensity of which you’re more than capable of creating!

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  8. No doubt it will end badly.

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  9. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautifully written, Pete.

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  10. Scarlet says:

    For some reason I also believe it will end badly…. the stars can be chilly when you haven’t a roof over your head.
    Sx

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  11. Huzzah for him! I hope he finds his soulmate.

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  12. nelle says:

    Sometimes, the answer doesn’t come easy.

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  13. tiostib says:

    Beautifully done!

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