Monday, July 14, 2008

Linus.

Linus had been
crying for three weeks.

He would wake
every
morning
drenched in tears
great streams
pouring out of him
born
of a mysterious
mountain of grief that
he couldn't quite
put his finger on.

Eventually
Linus
decided enough
was enough
and took himself
to the doctor
where he sat
uncomfortably
crying in the waiting
room attempting
to read a magazine
and ignoring the stares
of the blue rinse
grandmother who
sat beside him.

(She was not sick
sometimes she
just sat at the surgery
to meet and
converse with people
but was unsure of
this grown man who
could not stop crying.)

Eventually Linus was
called in to the
examination room.

How very odd,
said the doctor,
and you say
you have no
real reason to be
sad?

Well,
said Linus
wiping his nose,
we all have
a reason to be a little
sad, so I am a little sad
but no more than
anyone else I guess.
My life is no better or
worse than anyone
else's.

It's just
I can't seem to
stop crying.

Indeed
said the doctor
and a week later
indeed
said the specialist
and a week later
indeed
said the psychologist
the psychiatrist
the grief counsellor
the surgeon
the triage nurse
the man in the milk bar
the taxi driver who drove
Linus to see the priest
who referred him to
the bible which Linus
used beneath his desk
to keep the legs straight
as he researched
on the internet
in the hope
of finding
an
answer
which
eventually
led Linus to
stumble upon
a very strange site.

*******.com

(I am unable to print the
actual address for legal reasons)

Not much to look at
this site
undesigned
just a plain white screen
with a sentence
set in Times New Roman:

Ask your question and we will help you find the answer.

The sentence linked
to an email address
and so
with nothing to lose
Linus wrote his
question

- I can't stop crying. What should I do? -

sent it off
and went to
bed
where he
dreamed
of rainbows
and rivers
and fountains
and seas
of oceans
and lovers
and of birds
and of bees*

(*this being a
family friendly story)

The next morning
Linus had
a response.

It read -

If you cannot stop
crying
consider becoming
a waterfall
or water
feature
that way
you will at least
make other people happy.

Linus couldn't help himself.

He smiled.

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