There once were two brothers living and toiling the fields together. One night Spirit came to their house and breathed Creative Genius into the younger brother’s nostrils.
And a powerful longing took root within that brother. He became quiet and absentminded and was no longer satisfied with walking behind their oxen, eating potatoes and sleeping.
His brother saw it and tried to gladden him. He made ugly faces, belched and farted, and beat him with a little stick. The younger brother did not smile.
But one day, he started to draw figures on a wall. He depicted men, animals and nature. And later on, he made songs that he sang and stories that he told his brother.
Joy had now returned to him and was vibrating deep inside him.

But the older brother resented it, because he had to do the barley harvest alone. And he said unto his brother: “Your drawings and music and stories are useless. They give us neither seed nor meat.”
And sadness now came over the younger brother because he felt that his brother was right. But he knew that eating, working and sleeping was not enough for him.
And he went to sit in the mud with the pigs and cried, “I wish I were like my brother. I deserve not to eat.”

But then Spirit appeared, and he gently whispered, “With the ability I gave you, you can stir the softer parts within your brother’s soul and wake up his awareness that I am within him. This will bring you closer to each other and closer to me. This is your mission.”
And the younger brother went to his brother and said, “Let me make my pictures and my music and my stories. I will entertain you when your tiredness is heavy and soothe you when sadness bothers you.”
And behold, the older brother now saw a light in his brother’s eyes! And it filled him with love and he said, “Work with me when possible. Do your own things when necessary.”

And his enmity was gone, and they continued in peace together.

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Voice-Team (@voice-team)
7 months ago

An outstanding story, in the midst of an entire collection of outstanding stories. Somehow you captured the feel of prehistoric times while still speaking to those of us who try to be artists today. Superb writing!

Juma
Juma (@juma)
6 months ago

Christer, you are priceless! Your comment was its own story, exciting and moving and inspiring not to mention fun. You are indeed a born story teller!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago
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I couldn’t agree more with you, Juma! Christer’s comment could be published as a story (though not a short story) itself. Nicely said, Christer!

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills (@greene-m-wills-2)
7 months ago

Your story made me think about a world still young and many possibilities open to humanity for growth and development. Really like it!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

A very interesting story Christer with a mythological feel to it. I could imagine stone age man sitting round the fireside telling this tale. Good job.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Two brothers on different paths but coming together through understanding. I’ve read your story several times Christer and found it very comforting. Very well written.

Juma
Juma (@juma)
7 months ago

Christer, I absolutely love this story. For so many of us, the urge to create is strong and impossible to ignore. Yet the world often tells us, about our creations, “They give us neither seed nor meat.” Thank heavens for places like Voice.club and people like the writers here who all share a passion for the written word, and for celebrating our humanity. There’s seed and meat enough for all in this community.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Christer, where did I first hear this? – That everyone has a gift! Some understand this from an early age, and like myself much later on in life – (through encouragement). But the spirit is in us all, it is just that we don’t listen. Could the other brother who doubts, be the voice in us all? A great write Christer – Thank You.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
7 months ago

Oh dear. Boys don’t change, do they. What a way to cheer someone up. I’m now wondering where you got the idea from (wink). Very suitable picture.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Honestly, I love it. It is so fascinating. The setting and the images are so nice, I can sense it as a mythological tale in a stone age era but very enjoyable and inspiring. Well-written.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

This is such a great story Christer, one of my favorites. Both ancient and modern, it outlines the eternal dilemma of the artist, and the redemption of the creator and society, through great art. It was a watershed moment here in America to have a young poet dazzle us with words back in January. We were sorely in need of inspiration then – and now. Thank you for your gift.

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
7 months ago

Well done, Christer! If only two ‘sides’ could always come together like this, compromising and seeing each other’s point of view. I enjoyed it very much, especially the sentence ‘ Work with me when possible. Do your own things when necessary.’

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Christer, your story is a great reminder that no two people are alike and that there is a place for everyone in this world. If we all were the same, how boring life would be! I like the use of Bible-language as it adds to the feel of this happening a long time ago. So does the mention of the drawing of the figures. I think art in its various forms reminds us of the beauty in life. How dull life would be without it!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Christer, I couldn’t agree more!

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
7 months ago

Interesting description of a simpler time in a simpler world when two brothers with a little spiritual help can come to an understanding and learn to appreciate each others perspectives and work together. Add a few more people, or a few dozen or a few thousand and such simple solutions are no longer possible.
We’re supposed to be so much smarter now, but we can’t manage to live together in peace.
Thought provoking story. I enjoyed it.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
7 months ago

“Pictures and my music and (…)stories (…)” give a light in everybody’s eyes. Yes, Christer. My LIKE to your story.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
7 months ago

Thank you Christer. I can’t imagine a life without creativity and imagination. And without the pure art hiding in a melody, or in a picture of the sun early morning. And then come the stories, recording forever on simple white paper all the feelings that art can give.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
7 months ago

You are too good Christer! And a very good writer. Congrats for your story! You cut the line!!

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
7 months ago

I really like your style. We all have our own path and mission, but we need support and love, to achieve something good. The boys were different, but they had a strong bond. Great job!  ? 

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Congratulations on your win Christer.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Congratulations Christer! A well deserved win, really pleased for you.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Christer! This story truly deserved to win. I am so happy for you.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Congratulations Christer! This was a great story and a well-deserved win.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

How proud you must be Christer! Let me please add my ‘Congratulations’ with all those above to make One Voice – well done!

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago

Congrats on your win, Christer. The story brilliantly captures the emotion of the reader. The ancient setting and the allegorical suggestiveness enrich its amazing quality.

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago

You’re welcome, Christer.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago

Congratulations, Christer! Continue writing such stories!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
6 months ago

I’m quite sure you’ll be able to write more amazing stories since it’s known that history repeats itself. So keep writing, as I’m sure you will!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

Congratulations on your grand prize win, Christer. Your story deserves it.

Last edited 6 months ago by Lotchie Carmelo

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