Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Forties Club Finalist #66

The Maker
by Mithun Mukherjee


Make it shine…

Light bouncing off the million faces, sunshine is a sliver of broken glass meant to cut through your defenses. Shimmery, radiant. Let it slice through the barriers of your psyche, like melted butter. You must. You will.

Every single one screams.

I block it; it’s my job. Bawling, screaming, a pile of thrusting limbs, a growing confusion. Material. Raw. I create their Nirvana, I design their enlightenment. I am blocking every single emotion trying to clutch at me, as I work on them, one at a time. The rest continue screaming, a desperate mass, but I ignore them. I am paid for this.

They look me right in the eye before going.

I am a preserver; I have never killed. I separated what you did not want; would never have wanted. You will never see those eyes; all you would see are the colors and a respiring brilliance. ”No stone”, you said…”something real!” I only delivered what you asked for. I turned the mundane into a masterpiece. The ones that go are never missed; they really don’t go now, do they?

Turn, turn, turn. Shine. It’s nothing but a stone now. It won’t scream anymore. Won’t look you in the eye. Won’t question your purpose. Glitter. You never need to know what it was; all you see is what I turned it into. I did it for you. Stones never have a heart, unless it’s a heart of stone.

Forget your useless jewels now; wear a soul...

12 comments:

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Loved the depth in this one. :)

Peter Dudley said...

Yikes, grim.

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Mithun

A jeweler?? but maybe he doesn't only deal in the gems found within the Earth... or maybe, his gems are living, breathing beings, only to become stones, precious... or not.

Nice use of the prompt. Loved the last line.

Dottie :)

Laurel said...

Wow. There are a lot of layers here. I like the spiritual tone combined with the sinister. I can't quite decide if the POV is a god or a psychopath.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Wow!I liked that last line
"Forget your useless jewels now; wear a soul..." very nice thought!Great piece...

JR's Thumbprints said...

This character is definitely "God-Like." With each imperative sentence, his commands turn from stone to "you." Intereting interpretation.

JaneyV said...

Laurel said just what I was thinking -again!

I think that there's a beautiful poetry in these words. Even though at times the mysticism made me feel like I was on some psychedelic trip, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride!

Deb Smythe said...

A glimpse into the mind of the devil?

Samata Joshi said...

Turn, turn, turn. Shine. It’s nothing but a stone now.


You make it interesting, like always. And also, co incidentally, I dealt with stones today :)


Me likes.

AidanF said...

I liked the concept of gems as living things. This is told with a great voice.

Catherine Vibert said...

Really enjoyed this voice. Very very dark and creepy.

Nomad said...

It's so crisp and effective. Just in 4 paras I went through the journey from being a commercial God to a purist Jweller.