Falling in love

A writing exercise: in a paragraph or so, describe an action or a person feeling strong emotion. Try to make the rhythm and movement of the sentences embody or represent the physical reality you’re writing about.

With jokes, and giggles, it begins. It tickles your nose and feet. Sometimes it takes long, lazy weeks and months, some it takes years. But once it begins, you drop. The edge of a cliff behind you now and falling to no bottom. Quick, the smile; flash, the humor; bang, the heart! Beat, the drum of a steady pace now, the flesh in place. Bones come from a weightier space. And as things wind slowly down to the beat of an elephant’s heart, bones are built, bridges are stronger; everything takes a little longer.


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