Harmony – Six Sentence Story

Thomas longed to live in harmony with his neighbors but none of them deserved it. Everywhere he turned they would rush off just as he was warming up to explain again what they were doing wrong. They reminded him of those rats in his yard scurrying from one neglected debris pile to another.

In the evening, feeding on beer and popcorn, Thomas set his thoughts on the day’s alleged news and contentious commentary until he could stand it no longer and let his wagging tongue off its leash. At such breaking points he would rise, pace the floor, open his mouth, and without a clear understanding of what his hardened heart was leading him to say curse the stale air of his living room. Demons loved to party there.

Denise offers the word “harmony” to be used in this week’s Six Sentence Stories. This story is continued at Match – Six Sentence Story.

I was thinking of Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

63 thoughts on “Harmony – Six Sentence Story”

  1. …curse the stale air of his living room. Demons loved to party there.

    Not the only line I loved. The whole Six was, well, excellent.

    Concise yet evocative, you totally put us Readers right there with Thomas.*

    no relation, I trust, to one, D. Thomas, who was reputed to be a fan of the ‘alleged news’ of resurrection and such

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  2. “let his wagging tongue off its leash.”
    THAT is fabulous–I’ve never before heard those words put together in that way. What a great metaphor!

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  3. Interesting, but how did this come about? Beside demons, how did he come to be so vociferous? What personality trait made him so susceptible to being corrupted?

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    1. I imagine it was little acts of pride and selfishness that got worse with the help of those demons. I think he might have an antisocial personality disorder, but I am no psychiatrist and think demons are usually the better explanation. Thank you!


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