WDYS — Bible Words

Mom and Dad encourage me to read the Bible and I love the wonderful stories in that book. But sometimes there are passages in the Bible that I find a little confusing, and Mom and Dad always tell me that I can ask them questions any time I don’t understand something.

One evening after dinner I was in my room reading the Bible and there was a term that I didn’t understand. Mom and Dad were in their bedroom, so I knocked on the door, but they didn’t answer. I knew they were in there because I could hear them breathing.

I turned the doorknob and pushed the door open. What I saw was jaw dropping. They were on the bed with no clothes on and Dad was doing push-ups on top of Mom. I gasped and Dad looked at me, pulled the bedsheets over the two of them, and asked me what I wanted. I said, “I’m sorry to interrupt your exercising, Dad, but there’s a word in the Bible that I don’t understand.”

“What word is that, son?” he asked.

“It’s begat,” I said. “B-e-g-a-t.”

Mom and Dad both burst out laughing. I’m still not sure why.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Ben White @ Unsplash.

#WDYS — Keep Moving Forward

“What is this place?” Brian asked the woman who had escorted him here.

“This is the gate,” she responded.

“Yeah,” Brian said, “I can see that it’s a gate. But why are we here?”

“I’m trying to show you The Way,” she answered.

“The way?” Brian asked. “The way to where?”

“The way forward,” she said.

“I don’t understand,” Brian said. “Just take me back home.”

“Brian,” she said. “You can’t go back from here. You can only go forward, and this is The Way forward. Now do you understand?”

Brian looked around and then looked at his escort. “Am I dead? I’m dead, right?” he asked. “And this gate. Is this the gate to hell? Or maybe heaven’s gate?”

“I’m sorry, Brian, I thought you knew.”

“How did I die!”

“That doesn’t matter, Brian,” she said. “What does matter is that you move forward and I’m going to show you the way.” The gates suddenly swung open. “Follow that path to the end and you will reach your destination.”

“And what is my destination?” Brian asked.

She pointed beyond the gates. “You’ll know when you arrive, Brian, but you must keep moving forward.” And when Brian turned around to face her, he was alone.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Keith Hardy @ Unsplash.

#WDYS — Anguish

Sophie pulled her hoodie up over head to try to stop the noise. It didn’t help. She put both hands on the side of her head and pressed on her ears. Again, it didn’t help. She knew it was coming from inside of her head. She knew that only she could hear it. But she just wanted it to stop.

Sophie used to be able to ignore it when she first experienced it. It would only enter her consciousness when she thought about it. Or when it was very, very quiet where she was. Or when she didn’t get much sleep and was tired.

But lately the noise was constant and almost unbearable. Sophie went to see her doctor, who referred her to an otolaryngologist, who referred her to a neurologist. But each patiently explained that there was nothing they could do about it, no known cure, and she’d just have to learn to live with it.

Sophie worried that her electronics — her laptop, her smartphone, her Alexa, her smart TV, her internet, her WiFi, her microwave oven — were causing the constant noise inside of her head. She decided to off grid and to rent a cabin in the woods. No laptop, no smartphone, no Alexa, no TV, no internet, no microwave. Just nature.

After a few weeks, the noise inside her head diminished, and after a month it disappeared completely. Sophie was ecstatic. They told her there was no cure for tinnitus, but now it was gone. It was a miracle.

Sophie decided to go home to her apartment in the city. She turned on her laptop, her smartphone, her TV, her WiFi. Within just a few hours the noise inside her head returned. But this time it was different. It wasn’t just inside her head. It was all around her.

It was children being massacred in their schools, worshippers being shot in their churches and temple, workers being shot at their workplace. It was the insensitivity of her elected officials with respect to passing any common sense gun control legislation, to dealing with environmental issues, to women’s rights, to racism, to health care, to education. She recognized that there could be a cure for the noises inside her head. Inside of all of our heads.

Sophie realized that those who had the power and the means to affect a cure had no interest in doing so. All they focused on was their unenlightened self-interests. They were responsible for her anguish.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Muhammed Hassan @ Unsplash.

#WDYS — Indecisive

Is this the right path?
The one I should follow?
Will it lead me where I want to go?
Or does it lead to oblivion?

Should I continue down this path?
Or turn around and retrace my steps?
What lies ahead is unknown
What lies behind is familiar

Is it time to move on?
Or time to stay put?
Is it time to risk it all
Or to play it safe?

Why is it so hard?
Why can’t I decide?
Between what lies ahead
And what I left behind

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Free Photo.

#WDYS — The Wreckage

I was so hurt, so angry
When you broke up with me
I didn’t mean to
Hit you so hard
But I did

I left in a hurry
Got in my car
Drove to the bar
To drown my sorrows
In alcohol

I had a lot to drink
The bartender offered
To call me a cab
But I refused
Said I was fine to drive
I wasn’t

I was so tired
So drunk
I lost control
Hit a tree
Mangled metal
Broken glass

I should be dead
I’m just badly broken
From the wreckage
That is my life

I pick up a shard of glass
Hold it up
See my reflection
I don’t like
What I see

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Amine M’Siouri @ Pexels.