Write Around the Murray is an annual festival in Albury. With writers. And writing competitions.
One competition – excellent in particular for schools – is the Nano Story. Fifty words, exactly, and including a theme word. The 2016 word: forget (or a version of it: forgets, forgot, …).
I entered. I tried something tricky, which didn’t really work. Can you spot it?
“Remember”, you said, “Always.”
We lie in a little, create moments.
“Promise lasting joy with me no matter what. Forget dreams – others exclude.”
“Won’t you accept our word: memory fails that mind – yes, you.”
Bereft. Sadness. Temporary denial.
Time destroys. Immense the truth they never heard, “I forget.”
My hint if you’re interested – you could perhaps call this story tidal.