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Liminal: occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. OED

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By Teresa RentonPublished 3 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
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Bonbons in a glass jar tempt me; a jar of chopped-up rainbow. I swirl a yellow one around my mouth, expect the zing and tang of fresh lemon. I spit it into my hand when no one is looking and bury it in a potted ficus by the TV set. I hate bananas. My husband devours them instead of crisps and candy. I smell them on his clothes; just a hint, through wood-spice aftershave and whiskey.

I inhale roses and jasmine in the garden, stroke my forearm with a yellow rose petal. Its satin caress excites minuscule hairs and sends tingles to my fingertips. Through squares of trellis, I see the couple next door under their awning, intertwined. His hands devour her, and I know he smells of lemons. I imagine lying on moist grass early in the morning, with dewdrops clinging to my flesh like the cold sweat of anticipation on skin. Wet, glassy beads reflect pieces of him; they’re all over my body while nearby, grasshoppers buzz. His scent of lemon zest stirs the ache of what could be mine.

I am a glass for my husband too, but a cloudy one, where lemonade looks like dishwater. He no longer drinks me; prefers to drink from clear crystal goblets while I hide in the long grass surrendering to illicit desire, alone. This saves me from further temptation, that pulls me next door to a man who once stroked my glass skin–smooth yet silky, with his fingertips.

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Teresa Renton

Inhaling life, exhaling stories, poetry, prose, flash or fusions. An imperfect perfectionist who writes and recycles words. I write because I love how it feels to make ink patterns & form words, like pictures, on a page.

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

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    Original narrative & well developed characters

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    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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  • Mike Singleton - Mikeydred2 months ago

    A magical piece of fiction

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    Woah!Teresa– Every single word is magical and holds so much weight. This piece lit up all of my senses and broke my heart. Bravo! 👏🏽👏🏽💫

  • Syeda Razi Fatima2 months ago

    you deserve to join the Vocal Awards

  • Macy Dennis2 months ago

    Its very helpful, thanks

  • Scott Christenson2 months ago

    "Liminal" I've seen that word lately, and hadn't known what it meant. The data scientist in me had to look up a chart, and it has "gone ballistic", an expression that has been going the other way lately. You bring in a lot of senses and scents into this lovely poetic story which carries some sadness of love that isn't as fiery as before. Congats on TS!

  • Very good

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Powerful piece! Great work!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    That was fabulous. Congrats on the TS.

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    Well, yep. this is just gorgeous. ❤️❤️❤️😭😭

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎉🎉

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Oh my. This gave me goosebumps. Beautiful. And literally every line is 'the line' Wow! Super congratulations on a wonderful Top Stoy! 🤍🤍🤍

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Oh my goodness. This is incredible!

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great work! ♥️

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    If this hadn't gotten TS, I was totally ready to nominate it in the Discord. This needs to be in a literary magazine. The color yellow, lemons, bananas; then the glass. Masterful use of literary devices here. The delayed gratification for what they all mean made for a completely gut-punchy ending. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 🤯

  • Matthew Fromm2 months ago

    oooofta this is like a gut punch. well done!

  • Hannah Moore3 months ago

    This evoked such loneliness in me

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    I love the way you draw on senses throughout this, to make it so sensual, a contrast to what the narrator does not have.

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