Filling my hollow

The shadow of Meursault is thinner
than Raskalonikov’s…
which is the reason why
it ends the way it does,
but still in part,
I wish that there would be a Sonya
also for Meursault,
to save him even if
it means to break down beliefs.

I wish for higher meaning in the sunset
than merely
just a moonless night.
I wish for purpose in a punishment
than the mere redemption
of waiting for the end of being shot at dawn.

The stranger by Albert Camus

Izy is prompting us at toads to write a new end to a familiar story. I have chosen to compare two of my favorite books with a similar theme, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The stranger by Albert Camus Two books with both big differences and similarities. The epilogue of Crime and Punishment left me with some sense of purpose, but the Stranger left me feeling hollow… (which I’m sure was the purpose).
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July 4, 2019

8 responses to “Filling my hollow

  1. Wow, Bjorn!!!! I really like how you tied the two endings together and how they sort make a whole new story together! Also, this line stood out to me
    “I wish for higher meaning in the sunset
    than merely
    just a moonless night.”

    Thanks for posting to my prompt and viva la!

  2. That’s a killer combination, Björn! I like the idea of a Sonya to save Meursault and wish for the same things: higher meaning in the sunset and purpose in punishment.

  3. Is it our own punishment to want higher meaning in an existence governed by random events/

  4. I’m not familiar with either story but I love “I wish for higher meaning in the sunset than merely just a moonless night.”

  5. I love the blending of the two stories, and the thought you put into the possible endings.

    “I wish for higher meaning in the sunset than merely just a moonless night.”

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