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The sadness within us

By Joanna IK

The Greek version of the story has just been published in the 121 WORDS spring collection. I am happy for two reasons: (a) sadness scares me not, and I can now understand her; (b) I can share thoughts and stories with people who understand me.

The story: A large cloud unveils the emotion behind gossiping


The weather is changing. A dark cloud hides the sun within me. It’s brought difficult thoughts and difficult feelings.

I’m standing by the window in my office. I look up, at the large grey cloud. I can discern two human figures, blurred, gossiping. About the neighbour not working; the girl not talking to her family – let them claim the opposite; the actor reported to have left his family. They know everything about everyone. It’s the knowledge of power which makes the colour of joy fade away.

I can see raindrops on the window, coming from the large cloud. It looks as if they’re trying to say something to me. That maybe, maybe we gossip to hide the sadness within us


Have a creative week

A blogger friend, Joanna

Photo: Camil Tulcan

Comments (18)

  • Mayuri Patel

    21 March 2019 at 10:38

    Ummm very thought provoking. Beautifully written. No one can deny that at some point they do not gossip. Is it to hide their sadness or to feel empowered. I guess it all depends on the situation.

    1. Joanna K.

      23 March 2019 at 11:44

      Thank you for your insightful comment. I wonder, why would anyone choose to feel empowered by making others feel hurt? That sounds sad to me.

  • Debra Roberts

    20 March 2019 at 00:26

    People gossip to allow themselves to feel empowered and in control. They gossip because they want others to be hurt as they are hurting. As I grow older and wiser, I find that I gossip much less. I am more self-aware and often catch myself starting to do it, then reel it in. I do not want to be that miserable person who can only find fault with others rather than within themselves.

  • Subhashish Roy

    19 March 2019 at 09:10

    It was just a few words but so very powerful. Loved reading.

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    19 March 2019 at 08:28

    Maybe we gossip to hide the sadness within us. I love that because it is so true. Beautifully written! I really think when our attitude is so negative or toxic, gossip is a great way to hide that. A defense mechanism. My thought is, the sun is always shining but sometimes it’s just hiding behind the clouds. Which basically means I try to stay positive and not let my mind wander off to such a negative place where I want to resort to gossip or any other toxic behaviors. You truly have a gift for bringing such truth in the shortest post possible. That’s a real talent, in my opinion. I can’t wait to read more of your stories.

    1. Joanna K.

      19 March 2019 at 08:45

      Erica, thank you for your beautiful words. I like the sound of ‘gift’ – it helps me to see life as a gift. The many things to celebrate. Things that may need time to catch our eye.
      Well done for choosing to focus on the positive.

  • Johnny Quid

    19 March 2019 at 03:11

    Very powerful. And yeah, gossip is really about covering up the sadness in yourself by trying to point out the flaws in others. It’s toxic. I do my best to stay out of other people’s nonsense, but there is a bit of a dopamine rush that one receives when gossiping about someone else’s life. We gotta learn that this lowers us as people, and instead of talking about someone else’s life and making that the highlight of our day, we instead lift up others frequently throughout our day. It’s not hard to do. Complimenting people, having a nice conversation with someone, asking them how their day is going, and removing ourselves from situations where gossip brews.

    1. Joanna K.

      19 March 2019 at 08:58

      Johnny, thank you for your friendly and insightful comment. I see what you mean. There are times when it feels easier to deal with other people’s business than to confront the problems and fears in our life.
      Complimenting others and ourselves doesn’t sound difficult. Let’s give it a try.

  • Live Learn Better

    18 March 2019 at 17:23

    I have always learnt that there’s a reason behind so weird attitudes and this is just one of them. Some people tend to cover their own struggles by puking their nose into others.

  • Nina Nichols

    18 March 2019 at 15:41

    “maybe we gossip to hide the sadness within us” So powerful. Maybe people talk ill about others because they’re envious about you. Gossip is for people whose minds are idle so they talk about things that don’t require deep thinking.

    1. Joanna K.

      19 March 2019 at 09:05

      Nina, thank you for sharing your thoughts. It helps to capture different aspects of the act of gossiping; to reflect on why we may engage in gossip.

  • Tracy C.

    17 March 2019 at 18:09

    What an image you’ve created with just a few words. I think people gossip for different reasons – some because they are lonely, others to divert attention from their own weaknesses and insecurities, and others just because they are curious.

    1. Joanna K.

      17 March 2019 at 19:13

      Tracy, that sounds beautiful, thank you. I know what you mean about the different reasons. It makes you feel sad.

  • Mary

    16 March 2019 at 22:36

    Wow…such a powerful statement on the weight of words.

  • Mary Lentz

    16 March 2019 at 15:53

    I’ve learned as I’ve grown older that people gossip and tear down others to hide their own insecurities and sadness. Once you learn that, it’s easy to dismiss gossiping people. Beautiful post.

    1. Joanna K.

      19 March 2019 at 08:21

      Mary, thank you for your beautiful and insightful comment. Good to be reminded that we have a choice; we could dismiss gossiping people.

  • Scott J DeNicola

    16 March 2019 at 13:43

    The message you convey in such a small amount of words is powerful. Gossip is no good for anyone

    1. Joanna K.

      19 March 2019 at 08:17

      Scott, thank you for your comment. Let me repeat, gossip is hurtful.

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