Each day she’s there. I’ve never stopped to ask her story. I’ve never bothered to learn her name.
Up the escalator I move. Her voice lifts me from the depths of the city’s underground. Her song carries me into the sunshine. Her melody warms my heart and I feel the strains of the workday melt away. She sings with such spirit; the joy in her voice gallops up and down Peachtree Street like a wild mustang released.
Her clothes are plain; generally a set of colorful scrubs. Her hair is tightly tucked beneath a bandana. Her grace comes from within; each delightful note presented to the world on operatic sound waves.
A tattered hat lies on the ground. We toss in some change; she offers a shy grin and a head nod never breaking from her song.
She’s as much a part of the landscape as the oak to her left and it’s as if she belongs to the city itself. Did the asphalt jungle give birth to her? No, she is older than the city and its soaring structures. Before the lights flashed and the air was filled with a cacophonous back beat, her foot tapped out its own meter. Before traffic jammed and green ways turned gray, she gently hummed her tune.
In her lives a soul that has seen days before many would walk by too tethered to their phones to notice that life is going on around them. She calls to them to share a moment, one tiny second. And when she catches a fleeting glance of acknowledgement, her eyes sparkle with victory. Connection nourishes her; it fortifies her mission.
I’ve never stopped to talk to her, and yet we’ve had many conversations. I’ve never asked her name, and still, she’s shown me her essence. I’ve never learned her story, but each day she’s there. Maybe she’s always been. And may she always be.
This 319 word story was written for this week’s Trifecta Challenge:
a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
a : approval, favor
b archaic : mercy, pardon
c : a special favor : privilege
d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e : a temporary exemption : reprieve
a : a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
b : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm
c : ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
The word itself needs to be included in your response.
You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
It was inspired by one of Atlanta’s most well-known buskers, Opera Lady.
From CBS local:
Often seen: Downtown on Peachtree Street
231 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
One of the main reasons shows like “America’s Got Talent” succeed is because of the surprising sounds and beauty that come from the most unlikely places. Opera Lady, as she is known locally, is the furthest away from the extravagance associated with the belly-bellowing craft, but has a voice that could easily be heard in the Atlanta Opera. Often seen in downtown Atlanta in front of the entrance to Peachtree Center food court, she regularly sings for the downtown workers during lunchtime and has a basket for donations.
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: 311 – Do You Right
Eating: Black beans, grilled veggies, and rice.
Random fact: I enjoy Opera Lady far more than I enjoy going to the opera.