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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #136 — The Circus of Right

the circus by Albina Felski

Reena, I have taken your poem apart and did a statement and response with it.

Would I care to be right? If life was not finite

Life is infinite. So is death. It’s an eternally revolving door.

If I’d the luxury of eternity to let it be naturally proved that I’ve always been right…

When you look in a mirror, which side is right?

beliefs and perspectives windowless walls between us block insights –

Our beliefs, perspectives – and insights – are no less valid when not paralleled/cloned with another’s. Each is on their own path.

so much so, that you revel in pleasures of darkness bottling and imprisoning light

Imbalance will right itself. Darkness can only bottle and imprison life for so long. All it takes is a tiny crack, and omphalos rises.

the beheaded boatsman sinks with the boat messenger from afar carrying a crumpled note

Their atoms will enrich soil, water, and new life. The message will rise.

All is not well, all is not right.. But I’d always been right He should not have ventured this far…

All and always are lopsided. Like water, they will find their way to the lowest points, balancing…

He risked his life for a cause inane A carrier of ignorance, misguided By those who think they’re right

Right depends on which side of the mirror you’re standing on — the fun house, ever-flipping mirror of life and death.

Would I care to be right?
If life was not finite
If I’d the luxury of eternity
to let it be naturally proved
that I’ve always been right…

beliefs and perspectives
windowless walls between us
block insights – so much so, that
you revel in pleasures of darkness
bottling and imprisoning light

the beheaded boatsman
sinks with the boat
messenger from afar
carrying a crumpled note
All is not well, all is not right..

But I’d always been right
He should not have ventured this far…
He risked his life for a cause inane
A carrier of ignorance, misguided
By those who think they’re right

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
Anyway, the prompt is to pick up any one line (mention which one have you picked) [of the original poem abovew] or gist of the whole piece, if you can make sense of it, and base your piece on it.

29 thoughts on “Reena’s Exploration Challenge #136 — The Circus of Right

  1. Thank you for having handy definition links like for omphalos ready and waiting, ’cause I definitely had to look that one up. I think you have to be one of the most prolific and creative bloggers I follow. It’s amazing!

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    1. Thank you very much, Stacie. I’ve bottled a lot of writing up over the years, and now there is time and an environment to do it. I just finished watching the last (6th) season of Justified. One of the special features was an interview with Elmore Leonard, the brainchild of the series. He said he committed himself to writing 3 pages a day, whether he felt like it or not. He also did it with the awareness that after editing, etc. he might end up with 1 page of usable writing. In the back of my mind I’m using the blogging as practice for daily writing, in preparation for the next step.

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      1. That’s excellent, Ms. Jade. You’re absolutely right. I’m really terrible in that area. But coincidentally, for the past several weeks, my husband has been forcing me into the other room to work on my sequels for at least an hour. He said, “I’m tired of hearing you whine and complain about never getting it done.” He’s right! There’s too much to do every day, plus working full-time, and I never felt like one stinking hour would help me write a sentence, much less a page or a few pages. When I was writing my last two books, I would spend 6 to 7 hours straight in the library on a Saturday and BARELY get enough done where I was satisfied. But now, actually, I HAVE gotten a little work done every day during my *forced* hour. And when I’m finished, believe me, I’ll NEVER hear the end of it from him, lol !

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          1. They’re paranormal comedies. It’s SO HARD keeping all the facts straight. Right now I’m stuck on planning the last book out (IV). I have the ending, which I love, but fitting everything in like a Rubik’s Cube is mind-numbing–even for a light topic such as mine, lol!

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              1. I had to look Cage Dunn up. Might have a new favorite author!
                Yeah, kinda like Ghostbusters. A wannabe actress in L.A. sees an alien abduction and is terrified, so she lets herself get turned into a vampire so she can fight them with the vampire army (which there is none; the vampire who turns her was lying). And her life just goes downhill from there (as you can imagine!)

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                  1. Awwww….thanks! I in no way whatsoever brought it up to make hints, though, lol!! It just came up because you’re doing the right thing by writing every day and I’m doing the wrong thing by not writing at all. (I did write book II though; it’s at the publisher’s) But I still take WAY too long and will probably die of old age before completing the series.

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