Weekend Writing Prompt — The Man in the Mirror

I woke up early this morning, even for me.
I get up to go to the bathroom
Because I have to pee.
I look in the mirror and
I’m shocked by what I see.
The closer I look, the more I wonder
How this can be?
I see a reflection in the mirror,
But surely it’s not me.
There is a wrinkled, weathered face that I see.
There is a very old man
Who is staring right back at me.
And I have to wonder whether
It is him or me who is the reality.

(Exactly 95 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “mirror” in exactly 95 words.

Song Lyric Sunday — My Life

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is songs that feature the lyrics of either Birth, Death, or Life. As a long-time, dedicated fan of Billy Joel, I decided to go with his song, “My Life.”

“My Life” first appeared on Billy Joel’s 1978 album 52nd Street. A single version was released in the fall of 1978 and reached number 2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. By early 1979 it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The recording featured backup vocals by Chicago band members Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus. The song was also used as the theme song for the 1980-1982 ABC television series Bosom Buddies, but it was re-recorded using a different vocalist.

This song is about asserting your independence. The singer is saying that it’s his life and he’s doing okay. He doesn’t need or want to justify what he says or does to anyone else, and anyone who tries to interfere with him living his life the way he wants to ought to focus more on living their own life and should stop wasting his time. He warns, “…you can speak your mind, but not on my time.”

According to Songfacts, the verse “closed the shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the west coast; now he gives them a stand up routine in LA” allegedly refers to comedian Richard Lewis. Lewis was native to Joel’s stomping ground, born in New York City and raised in New Jersey.

Here are the lyrics to “My Life.”

Got a call from an old friend we’d used to be real close
Said he couldn’t go on the American way
Closed the shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the west coast
Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.

I don’t need you to worry for me ’cause I’m alright
I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home
I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
I still belong
Don’t get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time

They will tell you you can’t sleep alone in a strange place
Then they’ll tell you can’t sleep with somebody else
Ah but sooner or later you sleep in your own space
Either way it’s O.K. you wake up with yourself

I don’t need you to worry for me ’cause I’m alright
I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home
I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
I still belong
Don’t get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time

I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

FOWC with Fandango — Sold

FOWC

Welcome to November 14, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “sold.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.