A Short Story-

In a Face
Short Story- Nonfiction
Written by -M. Taggart

In a Face

 

You can see intelligence in a face.

In college I was told by one of my English professors to not bother writing a book.
Actually, he told me that I wouldn’t. And to not bother.

I asked him why. He said, “It takes a lot of work to write a book. And so many students say they will, but they don’t. Or, a book is started and not finished.”

He was bald. He was having a hard time pushing his material into his carry bag. Which,
For some reason was already slung over his shoulder.

I’m bald. I was going bald while in college. I don’t care who’s bald.
He was bald.

So there he was, this man-thing, telling me to not bother writing a book.

I don’t want to be a writer
I am a writer.

But, he didn’t know this, he wouldn’t understand even if he did.
My professor had just told me his struggles to write a book were my own.

Another thing he didn’t know was that I had already written. A lot. And I wasn’t an English major. I took English classes because they were my young-adult recess.

When I read Kafka’s Metamorphosis we dissected it with a professor’s assistant.
She was Russian and spoke broken English. Our class of over 400 was broken down into small segments. My group was roughly 15.

We met with her every Tuesday at 4pm.
She would constantly ask for my interpretation of Kafka’s work.
I wondered if she asked for my opinion so often because I wasn’t afraid to speak in front of others. But, that was a lie. I knew why she asked. I just didn’t allow myself to accept it, not just yet. Isn’t it funny how we do this to ourselves.

She was driven by literature. She listened, and thought about her responses
before delivering. She would ask us what authors we enjoyed. Then she’d write the names of the authors in her notebook.

She was beautiful. Her mind. Her broken English.
Her struggle to express.
She seldom made facial expressions. Her eyes danced while listening.

You can see intelligence in a face.

19 thoughts on “A Short Story-

      • Very well. Thank you for asking, Matt. Busy week with sports and school wrapping up. But in just two weeks, writing moves near the top of the chart, as far as priorities go; and I’m excited about that.

        How are things with you?

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      • Sounds like a productive and busy plate. What sport(s)? We’re good. Waiting on a blasting professional to do what needs to be done to move forward with the foundation. The process to build a house on the side of a mountain is… But things are certainly good on this end. Thank you. Having grown up in MA I wonder if we’ve ever crossed paths in the Six Degrees format.

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      • Yes, very busy. I coach Girls’ Basketball, and the school is small, so they combine the banquets at the end of the year. Strange process lol.

        Oh, man. I’m sorry to hear that. Sounds like a hassle! And I can honestly say, I’m not sure what the Six Degrees format is. I’ve been in Upstate New York for the majority of my life.

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