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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 news.deviantart.com/article/11… , "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.
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:new::bulletpink: 12/17/14: Yaay, no more chipmunk!  I redid the audio reading for this piece which is greatly improved, sound-wise.  I hope you will enjoy, and thanks!  Please click here: www.shioli.com/audio/poetry/ja…
(p.s.  If you still hear the old recording (you'll know if you do), just click on ctrl/F5 keys at the same time.)
Audio conversion & fine tuning/cleaning of background by RetroZombie Thank you, John! :heart:


:bulletorange:07/13/10: featured here: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
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poetries Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
I added this piece to my favourites a while ago, but I wanted to revisit and let you know how much I've enjoyed this wonderful little story of yours. I have fond memories of listening to you narrate this. :heart:
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LadyMurasaki1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this so much. :happybounce: Thank you for sharing this! I wasn't here in 2010 so I probably would have missed it otherwise!
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Bounce Ohhh thank you thank you thank youuu!
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blalock27 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
:bow:2 rvmp 
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andyslade Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
A gem.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Ah most kind of you to say, Andy. And thank you for fav'ing it. <3
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
All has been said. So I can just re-iterate. Simply Beautiful.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
I appreciate your words as much as anyone else's - thank you.
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Ravenwolfe0 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
:D
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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:

:worship:
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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:
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Elmara Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Writer
very true :)
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somnomollior Featured By Owner May 26, 2010   Writer
I've always had great respect for worms.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
So have I.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student Writer
Aw, cute! I liked it. You told a great story <3
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
aw thank you so much :hug:
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student Writer
You're most welcome! (: :huggle:
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RetroZombie Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
This is such a wonderful story, Jadey! Even your prose has a poetic quality to it that makes it a joy to read. I just adore the vision of this story, and the sense of hope that pours from it.

I wish you the Best of Luck in the contest, my dearest friend! :heart:

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jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
:iconnewhugplz: Thank you so much, John - your take on my little fable is lovely & received with much gratitude!
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RetroZombie Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
A contemporary fairy tale. Very nice. :rose:
Good luck in your contest. :)
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Why thank you very much, Ron, I really appreciate that. :heart:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:rose::rose:
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warzonestoic Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Writer
A beautiful, beautiful, beautiful story.
I love how descriptive your wording is,
it paints the scene perfectly, a scene of
newfound experience... a scene of
awakening.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Oh Shawnnn it's so good to see you - it's been too long!

And yessss - awakening - of the first waters. I thank you so much for your reading and your lovely comment - all the words, every one, I can feel running through me. It feels wonderful - I can't thank you enough.
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warzonestoic Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Writer
I know! It's good to see you 'round,
and still writing impressively, I must
say.

I thank you a million times for writing
this. I can relate to this worm so much,
as I too am breaking ground in a way in
my own life, and the experiences and
discoveries have been simply breath-taking...

So, you've inspired me to meditate more
on these mysterious changes in my own life.

That's what I love about your writing,
it's so deeply personal.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I couldn't be more thrilled in light of your news - I'm pleased and proud and grateful for you...

and I'm truly honored, truly.
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warzonestoic Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Writer
I can only hope that I'm not baked
beneath an angry sun.

What inspired you to write this one?
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