the same old self delusions, a poem … and your WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT

self delusion

he thought it would be  . . .
some version of heaven’s gate

his move to the big bright noisy city

dusting off the black and blue of his old life,
ready to flint-spark a new fire and a new hope

but a change of venue is not a change of character ~
flames wouldn’t burst from green twigs, nor  a
spirit roam given the bounds of a mental dovecote

no matter then, the variegated humanity or
the plummy metropolis and apartment view

he took himself with himself

his heartbeat sluggish and dull on the
daily feed of the same old self-delusions

© 2013, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved


We’ve probably all been there and/or known someone who’s been there, thinking if they change where they live, who their married to, where they go to school, things will be better. Maybe they will, but probably not unless there are some internal changes. What’s your view or experience? Tell us in poem or prose. If you feel comfortable, share the link to your work in the comments section below or – if the piece is short enough – just post the piece.  Work shared in response to this writing prompt will be featured here next Tuesday.

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We continue with the current recommended read: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Left, right or center – American or not – it’s a must read.

LESSON TEN: BELIEVE IN TRUTH “To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so.  If nothing is true, then all is spectacle.  The biggest wallet pas for the most blinding lights.”  Prof. Snyder,  On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century