Tuesday, 22 February 2011

"Screams From Somewhere Else"

Writing about The Blind Zone made me think about this "Time" essay by Roger Rosenblatt. It is so powerful that it has stayed with me since I first read it in 1987.

The essay ends with these words:

"You never know how you will react to a scream until you hear one. I can tell you how you will react at first. You will freeze. Your head will snap like an alarmed bird's and your eyes will swell, long before any practical choices begin to form between hiding under the bed and leaping to the rescue. You will freeze because you will recognize the sound. It comes from you; all the panic and the pain; all the screams of one's life, uttered and quashed, there in that dreadful eruption that has scattered the air. All yours.
The scream that comes from somewhere else comes from you. You have to go to it. You have to open the door to make it stop."

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