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Alas, the worm was blind.  Making its way through fertile earth, never meeting a soul, not even its own.  Not knowing kith or kin, it didn't seem to bother him as, day by day, he burrowed his tedious way through mulch and mire; heeding not the dark or the cold.  Not needing to ask the question that never would tire because it never grew old.  He was not simply "you" -- he was "it" who did not exist.

So on and on, as often goes with a worm, it continued the clandestine tryst to turn the soil.  It was what he had learned, or was born having known.  Was he born -- and born to toil? -- flashed a thought in the dark.  Had he not?  He never thought to ask it before.

Then suddenly, the worm broke through the crust of ground!  It squinted hard into a blinding light, and basked in the shade of a sunflower whose head bowed low with curiosity, and promptly doused the worm with a shower of dew.  And all around, he could see -- it saw!  A flood of yellow, and of blue -- and also green!  

What is "green"?  A gorgeous hue -- and instantly he knew.  He had been born, like every living thing, it was true!  How else could it be, this wondrous view by one so blind who now could see, in a place so blessed?  A place he had helped to make!

But he would reason, that it pays to work hard all of your days, and be born into a land of perfect season.
:bulletgreen:This lyrical prose, written especially for fllnthblnk's "Fable Me This" Contest… , "The Worm and the Epiphany" shows how it feels to realize one's efforts have made a difference no matter how insignificant one is perceived.

:bulletpurple: 07/16/14: Four years ago, a cell phone recording was made of me reciting this piece.  I never thought using phone recordings could be appreciated due to the distortion, plus I tend to sound like a chipmunk through this means of recording, IMHO.
I'm making an exception now because the way I did the recital has grown on me and so here is the link which will allow a reader to hear me tell this tale.  I hope you will enjoy, thank you.  Please click here:…

:bulletorange:07/13/10: featured here:…
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andyslade Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
A gem.
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Ah most kind of you to say, Andy. And thank you for fav'ing it. <3
Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
All has been said. So I can just re-iterate. Simply Beautiful.
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
I appreciate your words as much as anyone else's - thank you.
Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Elmara Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Writer
the ending is so powerful in it's simplicity. brilliant execution and ethreal imagery, as always. :heart:

jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
:hug: Ah how this pleases me so, when you're able to feel that it's the simplicity that is the foundation of not only this, but any fable written. :heart:
Elmara Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Writer
very true :)
somnomollior Featured By Owner May 26, 2010   Writer
I've always had great respect for worms.
jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
So have I.
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