Saying it Simply – Author Candace Meredith


When she says it simply

they believe she is the

most beautiful. She believes

in her long history

of inadequacy – when she

carried home his next evening

meal, and let it fall, she

smeared the gravy back onto

the plate, and brushed her fingers

over the pebbles until each one

fell back into the dirt. She hoped

he would return home to nothing

less than a cool plate

of something to eat. She believes

that good efforts are wasted –

when she tried for hours upon hours

to wash the stain from great-

grandmother’s quilt, but

the threading came loose and tore apart

from the seams, knowing grandmother’s

fingers were like nails to touch:

iron bone she used to stitch

with hands that barely kept it together.

She believes in a long narrative

there should be something useful

to say, but the weather inside her

melted or removed all the fire. Wild,

it is, how she thought there might be

something miraculous someday. She thought

then, as she believes now, there might be

a tomorrow when all the good intentions

would come together, to form a collection

bowl of beliefs in others, and how true too

because she did not convince them.

Not forced but beautiful, and smart –

street smart, and educated. No more

anticipation, but pulled out of her pocket:

all those good things, like being the most

beautiful, because she says it simply.


© Candace Meredith


Excerpt from the book Contemplation

Candace Meredith About the Author

Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, Anthology 17, Greensilk Journal and The Broadkill Review.  She currently works as a Freelance Editor for an online publishing company and has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University. Her first effort in writing a collaborative children’s book is a progress in the making and Candace anticipates seeing completion of the book in 2017.

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