It’s my birthday.
I’m at the the liminal stage between childhood and adulthood.
It feels like a real gut punch.
I have to face it that my youth is over.
I can’t feel sorry for myself, I can’t lament this transition.
I have to craft a wise plan.
One that will capitalize on my new found maturity.
(Exactly 57 words)
Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “liminal” in exactly 57 words. Also written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (birthday), Ragtag Daily Prompt (punch), Fandango’s One-World Challenge (youth), Word of the Day Challenge (lament), Your Daily Word Prompt (craft), and The Daily Spur (capital). For the record, it’s not my birthday and I transitioned from childhood to adulthood decades ago.
“I’m afraid that all of these investigations and hearings will be in vain.” Frank said. “You know that, between the White House and the Attorney General, who is in Trump’s pocket, they’ll do everything they can to sabotage the hearings and obstruct getting to the truth.”
“As your best friend, Frank, I think you’re being too much of a cynic,” Darren said. “I believe, by the end of the day, truth, justice, and the American way will carry the day.”
“I hope you’re right, Darren,” Frank said. “And for Trump’s sake, maybe they’ll be able to accouter his cell with a gold-plated commode.”
Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (vain), Ragtag Daily Prompt (sabotage), Daily Addictions (friend), Fandango’s One-World Challenge (cynic), The Daily Spur (carry), and Your Daily Word Prompt (accouter).
Today’s prompt word from Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt was “bean.” I tried hard to fit the word “bean” into my earlier post today, where I managed to fit in five other daily prompt words. But I just couldn’t figure out how to fit “bean” in in a way that made any sense or didn’t seem totally contrived.
But, not wanting Roger to think that I’m ignoring his prompt or, worse, shunning him, I’m going to link here to a post I wrote and published a few weeks ago in response to this Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, where her prompt word was “ground.” My post was titled “Whole Bean Versus Ground,” and it was about coffee beans and it contained the word “bean” five times.
Roger, I hope this is okay with you.
“I can’t believe that some clown broke into the museum on Halloween night and covered the armored knight in the medieval display with that spray cobweb crap,” the museum curator said.
“Well,” his assistant said, “The display opened with a lot of pomp and circumstances last week. Maybe some jaded kid decided to pull a teenage prank. But the thing is that nothing was stolen or destroyed. Look at it from the aspect of a relatively harmless prank.”
“Yeah, well that’s not exactly music to my ears, my friend,” the curator said. “Take out your diary and write a note to yourself to upgrade our after-hours video surveillance system,” he directed his assistant. “Teenage prank on Halloween or not, I don’t want people breaking into the museum at night.”
Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (clown), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pomp), Word of the Day Challenge (jaded), Your Daily Word Prompt (aspect), The Daily Spur (music), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (diary).
“You need to wake up to what’s going on,” Marvin shouted. “It’s time for you to come out of the damn closet and admit who and what you are, dammit.”
I’m awake, dude. Would you please turn down the volume of your rhetoric for once in your life,” Gordon said. “I’m just trying to keep my life on an even keel, you know what I mean?”
Yeah, that’s your problem, Gordy,” Marvin said. “You never want to rock the boat. But it’s time to be true to who you are. You need to own it.”
“Fine, you’re right,” Gordon said. “I admit it. I do like cats better than dogs. I’m a cat person. Are you happy now?”
Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (closet), Daily Addictions (awake), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (volume), and Word of the Day Challenge (keel). Image credit: Ross Marinaro.