Sitting on the Curb
The possibilities stretch out before me in infinite patterns
I count and rearrange them, twiddling
Until they vanish, one by one
Some wink out instantly
Some slowly fade
As I sit on the curb
And wonder which to put in my pocket.
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The last line kills.
Imagine if possibilities were always tangible. We’d be unstoppable.
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Thank you, Lance. I am haunted by lost possibilities.
Lance is right, it’s the last line that nails this!
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I like this a lot Nat. That last line is stellar. I like the idea of putting your opportunities in your pocket.
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Me too. I wish it were that easy…
It makes me feel like you are a magician.. in charge of your own destiny. Which I suppose we all are, but you make it seem more magical.
Jen Brunett recently posted…The Dreamer
It’s how I wish it were. I’d like to think of myself as having magical powers, lol.
Put ’em all in your pocket. There’s no store security. It’s not shoplifting. Take ’em all!
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Thank you for the encouragement. 🙂 Maybe I will. I get tired of sitting on the curb and watching them disappear.
Oooh, this is nice! I like the concept of a pocketed possibility.
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Me too. If only it were that easy.
I’m with the others – that last line was great!
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I found it unsettling when you had so many possibilities and then they ‘vanished one by one’. I wanted to scream ‘NO!’
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That’s how I feel after they’re gone.
Haunted by lost possibilities. Yeah.
Are you doing NaPoWriMo?
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No, I didn’t even know about it. Maybe I’ll just do it on my own, in a journal, lol.
I really like how you wrote about different possibilities being lost in different ways and time frames. Sometimes one word is enough to kill a potential, and sometimes it’s a slow, almost imperceptible process.
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It’s amazing how much we have in common. You like to sit on curbs and I!, on fences
Peas in a pod, you and I. 😉
This made me feel hopeful, rather than think of the lost possibilities, that you were in control of which ones to grab.
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If only I snatched them while I had the chance…
I’m glad. It is rather hopeful.
I love the image of sitting on the curb
🙂 Thank you.
Wow, a huge metaphor for life right there. Ah, quick, get up off the curb and go do something! Very nicely done.
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I know! I have to remind myself.
Wow, Natalie, this is fantastic! There really is something about that last line that really brings it home, maybe the idea of reifying the abstract, somehow. Wonderful.
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Thank you! I like how you put that, lol. Plus, just the word “reify.” 😉
I love how you described the possibilities.
This one really left me with something to think about…loved it 🙂
Love love love the last line!
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Samantha Brinn Merel
This is such a great take on the prompt. I love the idea that maybe some possibilities aren’t meant to be, but some just keep on shining brighter.
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Thank you, Samantha. They do, sort of haunting us.
Beautiful image, light stored in pockets.
In the pocket makes me see a million different images.
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Beautiful. So lovely to hear your voice again. 🙂
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