How to Deconstruct a Heart {Velvet Verbosity}

Typewriter and Logo for 100 Words









Rage and frustration came through loud and clear, courtesy of Verizon, but  all I could picture  was the spittle drying on the plastic near your mouth.

So I let you go about your work while I tugged at a loose string hanging from the hem of my skirt, mirroring the way your words ripped and tore at my skin.

Metaphorically, of course.

Oh, such technique, such skill you employed!

I hardly noticed the subtle atrophy of your heart or my own life.

But now you’ve left me in full rigor, unable to bend to your wishes without a painful break.


I started this piece a few weeks ago when atrophy was the word of the week over at

Velvet’s place.

I have missed writing with her  for the 100 Word Challenge and when she invited me back, I was thrilled.

(Thank you Velvet!)

So this week I incorporated  both atrophy and  the word of this week: bend.

Thank you for visiting!


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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. The two prompts worked well together here. It’s telephone moments like this where I sorely miss the old handsets, and the raw pleasure of slamming the phone down on the cradle. You can’t hang up so forcefully on a cell phone.
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    • says:

      you’re right of course, there is a sense of entitled retribution in being able to slam a phone down, isn’t there?

  2. ahhhh, kir. nicely done.
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  3. You and TL Roberts are my two favorite wordsmiths on the Internet. I love this piece. I speaks to me – to recent events – in a way the is piercing and accurate. It’s like you were there.

    Well done, Kirsten. Really well done and well written.
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