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Monthly Writing Contest

July 2005 Winner: Barbara Schnell, Cold Comfort
Honorable Mention: Janet DeMarco, Art Critic #5
Honorable Mention: Carol Gandolfo, The Model
View the 2005 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions.

July Contest Winner
Cold Comfort
by Barbara Schnell

     I felt his pain when they rolled him into the room. As they set him in place I sensed exhaustion and the discomfort left by the tattered rope around his neck.
     “Honey, it’ll never work,” said Venus de Milo from her niche. “I mean, a little May-December never hurt anybody but young guys can’t commit. I dated David for a year and he couldn’t keep it in his pants. Looks like this one can’t either.”
     I excused his nudity because he couldn’t help it. Neither could I. We were both vulnerable.
     “And Romans never did understand Greeks,” continued Venus. “Do you know what David gave me for an anniversary present? A bowling ball! What in the world did he think I would do with a bowling ball?”
     The only gift I wanted was his love.
     Venus leaned in to whisper, “And I hate to mention it but he doesn’t look too healthy. He’s called The Dying Gaul for a reason, y’know.”
     I could comfort him, I thought as I twisted on my stony plinth. We could warm each other with affection.
     “I don’t know where your head is,” declared Venus impatiently, “but I wash my ….ooohh, I give up.”
     We’ve been together for a year. He’s still in pain but I think my love eases him. I hope so. I’ve discovered I really don’t know what he’s thinking. And I’m positive he doesn’t understand me. For our anniversary he gave me a hat.


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