Cracks

100 words about restraining rage
photo by Anthony Taubin 

She’d have a black belt in restraint if anybody knew how she keeps herself under control.

Trouble is, she’s noticed cracks in the smooth façade she presents to the world. The calm demeanour for which she is known used to come easy. More often than not, these days it doesn’t come at all.

She’s taking steps – beating the stuffing out of a punching bag at lunchtime, tai chi in the evening. They have the effect of a fire blanket on a wildfire: extinguishing patches while the blaze rages on.

She wonders if years of pent-up fury are looking for release.

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7 thoughts on “Cracks

  1. It’s got to come out somewhere. My mum has always been a bit like that. Calm, calm, calm – RAGING VOLCANO WOMAN! Nasty feeling I’m the same. We put up with so much, then when we blow, we really blow.
    Fascinating to wonder who’s going to be on the receiving end of the explosion when it comes

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    1. Yes, I’ve got a bit of a temper on me, too. I try to let it vent in controlled explosions but it doesn’t always work… As for the one on the receiving end, I have a feeling it’s one of her colleagues 😀

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      1. Controlled explosions are okay, aren’t they? And I think it’s no bad thing to let people know you have a bit of a temper – not psychotic, just enough so they know you won’t take too much crap.
        Poor work colleague, I say 🙂

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  2. Love the first line “She’d have a black belt in restraint if anybody knew how she keeps herself under control.” and
    “They have the effect of a fire blanket on a wildfire: extinguishing patches while the blaze rages on.”
    What a great piece. Very creative and crackling with repressed violence. well done!

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