Photo Challenge # 94: January 5, 2016 A Place to Be

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Image: Cold Fence by Thomas & Dianne Jones CC BY 2.0

It wasn’t always true you discovered

That the grass was greener on the other side.

It could look that way from time to time

You could make a rash decision

Hurdle the fence and land in a patch of nettles.

Or you could look longingly

Wondering if beyond the horizon

There was a land of milk and honey.

There were things that held you back

Age, safety, security.

What if there was a land of axe murderers?

The soothsayers proved right.

The barbs would then be real

The derision palpable

You’ve be left to ponder the no future.

But one motivating factor

From all your meditating

Would be the thought

Of a light at the end of all.

Where happiness and acceptance held hands

A place to be,

A place to play.

 

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/photo-challenge-94-january-5-2016/

 

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11 Responses to Photo Challenge # 94: January 5, 2016 A Place to Be

  1. “Would be a nice place: acceptance, happiness, and play,” she sighed wistfully. “No fence sitting then.”
    Lovely interpretation of the image — well done, indeed.

  2. CPP says:

    Thanks so much for your reflective and “slightly ironic barbed” response Michael. I think your interpretation speaks so clearly to the “illusions” we sometimes harbour, as well as the secret wishes and desires we carry within us, held fast by our fears, but the ending – the resolve and belief in Hope – that is the beauty and strength of what carries us forward – even if only in small steps.

    Great write Michael – with some delightful turns of phrase:
    You could make a rash decision
    Hurdle the fence and land in a patch of nettles.

    The soothsayers proved right.
    The barbs would then be real
    The derision palpable
    You’ve be left to ponder the no future.

    Of a light at the end of all.
    Where happiness and acceptance held hands
    A place to be,
    A place to play.

    Awesome work 🙂

    Cheers~ Pat

  3. Lori Carlson says:

    Beautiful reflective poeming, Michael… I think too often some want what is on the other side of the fence. Discontentment leads to longing and sometimes people make bad decisions to take the leap across that fence. Too often I have leapt across the fence without care of what awaited me on the other side. I am fairly cautious these days. Perhaps I know longer have the carelessness of youth on my side, or since I know what could be on the other side, I choose to stay firmly planted.

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