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To Want The Impossible

This is what happens when people demand the impossible.

By Stephen Kramer AvitabilePublished 7 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - November 2023
To Want The Impossible
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They wanted something possible and it was something he wanted too. So, he obliged. He took on the task with great pride and he created.

They wanted something possible and it wasn’t quite what he wanted. But he felt it was still a good idea. He took on the task, wanting to please them, and still wanting to create. And so he did.

They wanted something possible and he disliked the idea. An argument broke out. He wanted to create something different. One of his ideas. They didn’t want that. They wanted their idea to be created. They didn’t care how much he hated it, they told him to create it. There was never an agreement that he would just create whatever they wanted, but they acted as if this was the agreement. As if someone tore bark off a tree, put ink to a quill, and etched those very words on the soft side of the bark. As if it was then signed by him in a hurry. As if this all happened ages ago, before paper and pens, something that existed forever.

They repeated that they wanted this thing.

They repeated that he needed to create this thing.

They wanted something possible and he disliked the idea. But he worked on the task. He created it.

They wanted something impossible. And he had no opinion on it. It didn’t matter. It was impossible. He told them this and they screamed in his face, demanding the impossible.

He laid out the foolishness of their plan. For him to be in three places at once. How could he be working on one portion of the task here while simultaneously working on another portion there while somehow also in a third location hammering away at other details?

They scoffed at his reasoning. They insisted the impossible be done. They even said the word impossible. They didn’t even hear themselves. Ears plugged up with greed and pride. Sitting on their high throne, wanting the gold surrounding them to be multiplied. Wanting luscious soups to be hand fed to them. All by his hand. All while he simultaneously worked on the impossible task.

He pushed back.

They pushed back.

Do the impossible.

And so he didn’t.

He couldn’t.

But he didn’t even try.

They told him to go back to doing the possible. He did nothing. He stopped speaking. He stood still and stared deep into their eyes.

They told him to go back to doing the possible… the possible that he wanted to do. To create what he loved. He didn’t. He didn’t do anything. He stood in their room of gold and he leered at them. His very presence brought beads of sweat to their sticky skin. They grew uncomfortable. As did the room. As did the gold. It all began to melt away, as if sweating along with them.

Until the room was broken. The ceiling hung and the walls teetered, and everything was dull brown and harsh gray. The gold melted into the very ground beneath them and vanished into the dirt. The worms could have it now. The worms would appreciate it.

And he didn’t move.

And they didn’t stop sweating.

They got up, so out of character, and began their attempts at fixing the walls. But with no skills to fix walls. They pushed portions of wall back up, hoping to reconstruct the whole room with pathetic attempts. The walls stayed in a state of flux, never fully coming down, but very clearly never going to be stood back up. These walls had come down for good.


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Stephen Kramer Avitabile

I'm a creative writer in the way that I write. I hold the pen in this unique and creative way you've never seen. The content which I write... well, it's still to be determined if that's any good.

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  • Tressa Rose7 months ago

    Wow great job on this! It was really great!

  • Grz Colm7 months ago

    Intriguing ideas here in your micro. Great job Stephen.

  • Gerald Holmes7 months ago

    In a word, Masterful!!! Exquisite writing that brings the reader to so many places. I think this piece will have something to say to anyone that reads it and that alone is magical. Congrats on a great Top Story.

  • Luther7 months ago

    Nice work ❤️😗 Just joined haven’t really got to know how people like my stories 😏

  • Rachel Deeming7 months ago

    This could be applied to so many situations, I think. A great allegorical tale and inspirational. Congrats on TS.

  • Heyyyy I'm back to say congratulations on your Top Story!

  • The military-industrial complex meets unforgiving tyrant & the whole world falls apart. Quite the parable, Stephen.

  • Mackenzie Davis7 months ago

    Amazing, Stephen. Wow. I have too many favorite areas, I'll just paste the whole story here, lol. But, damn, this message is so deeply relevant to humanity. The unnatural dynamics between an employee and a boss, especially a greedy boss; the line between doing a task for pragmatism versus passion; the value of a worker bee once he stops working...; just all of it, so so well-written. I agree with Real Poetic -- one of the best things I've read on Vocal. Well-deserved TS!

  • Real Poetic7 months ago

    When you first published this yesterday, I read it, and then I gave it a heart. I didn’t comment at first because I needed to let the message simmer a bit, so I could have time to think of a comment that this piece deserves. When I logged back on, you had already gotten Top Story and I was not surprised at all. This is one of the best stories I’ve read on Vocal Stephen. You have a way of making the reader really dive into your stories. You get right to the meat and potatoes and you do it effortlessly while also still keeping me on my toes for what’s to come. The message is extremely profound as well. Congratulations! 🎊🍾

  • Abdullah7 months ago

    It has so many ways to read and understand it

  • Dana Crandell7 months ago

    As others have said, there are so many ways to interpret this. Well done, Stephen and congrats on Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    This is excellent, and like Hanna said, can be interpreted in so many ways. Congrats on the TS.

  • Hannah Moore7 months ago

    THis is wonderful and can be read so many ways. For a while this was, for me, about God, for a while it was about my relationship, for a while it was about the environment. Excellent work.

  • Zara Blume7 months ago

    I love this so much! An incredible allegory for what all artists go through, trying to balance creativity and commerce. We all want to share our gifts, and to be compensated for our contributions to society so we can have our basic needs met and continue to share those gifts. That’s the dream for everyone. But there’s a reason for the ‘starving artist’ stereotype, and a reason why the most successful artists are awarded wealth and fame. Artists are the most used and abused, until they learn their own worth, and then they become invaluable. But sometimes, that happens far too late. Sometimes they aren’t appreciated until they withdraw from society, refusing to keep sharing, or until they leave this earth. Wonderful story, Stephen.

  • Margaret Brennan7 months ago

    I've seen quite a few people like that. It seems to be a trend in today's world. Many young people want something for nothing, not willing to work for anything. Our generation was taught to work for what you want and appreciate what you have.

  • Mark Gagnon7 months ago

    It sounds like much of today's society. The solution is never enough, there must be more until it breaks! Great commentary.

  • People tend to break when pushed too hard. They got what they deserved. So satisfying to read that! Loved your story!

  • Mother Combs7 months ago


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