The Nerve of Her

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Prompt: Nerve

I had the nerve to climb trees

ride motorcycles

to say what I thought, even though nobody was really listening


I had the nerve

to dress in clothes that didn’t make sense

and sometimes my socks didn’t match, but that was no big deal.


I had the nerve to listen to music

that nobody else liked and I read books with a lot of big words

it didn’t matter that I got laughed at for being curious about the world.


I had the nerve to fall

over and over again and to get up when there wasn’t any reason to get up

and to not apologize when I got in the way.


I had the nerve

and I still do have the nerve

clenched between my teeth.

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