Comfort or courage?

This story titled “Comfort or courage?” is written for #WriteTribeProBlogger challenge. It is inspired by the quote from Brene Brown:
“You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.”

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Comfort or courage?

A new world lies on the other side. It is a world I have not seen, but only heard of.

I’ve heard it’s filled with magic, that it has kindness and joy, that it will welcome me with laughter.

Yet I’ve heard voices raised in anger too, heard tears as they rushed by.

I’ve heard her songs, the ones she croons to me when she’s alone. I’ve heard her words smile when she says she loves me. Just like I hear the fear in her voice when she says, “Today I found out you’re like me.”

She knows I’ll not be welcomed, that the only cheers will be from her. But she fears worse. What if they won’t let me come? We’ve to wait with bated breath to know my fate.

“You can choose comfort, or you can choose courage; but you can’t choose both,” she whispers, over and over again. She lies on her bed, and I wonder if she’s looking at the stars she has told me about.

Then I hear the door slam shut, the same way I’ve heard many times before. They talk… his voice, loud and commanding; hers, soft yet sure. I wait till I hear the door open and slam shut again.

“I chose you, my angel,” her voice says. “We shall leave soon from here. The world will change, but I want you to know… you are my world, and I shall be yours.”

Liked this? Maybe you can read some of my earlier posts: for Write Tribe | Short Stories.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
20th October, 2017)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

32 thoughts on “Comfort or courage?”

  1. A very good take on the prompt, I couldnt come up with something but reading this just lit a bulb in my head 🙂

  2. It reminded me of a line from the movie jungle book by Raksha “you’re mine….mine to me”!
    What can i say vinay! It was a beauty in itself the way you have penned down those unspoken thoughts between a yet to be born child and a mother!

  3. Ok I am so embarrassed! For all motherhood gyaan, I couldn’t figure out what this one was about until I read the comments * facepalm *.

    But then I read it again and it made me emotional. Its truly beautiful and well written!

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