Moral Mondays: “Finish What You Start”


There was a little man, an insignificant man.

He lived in a plain house

Painted in fairy floss.

Afflicted with a life curse

Married to a woman,

Who repeated daily her litany

Clean this, polish that,

Shift this, move that

On and on it went.

He’d start one job finding ten more accumulating.

He sympathized with Sisyphus.

His life was a never ending burden.

It came as a surprise to many

When he dusted a last time

Walked away

Leaving his tormentor in wonder

Defied convention

Moved on,

Finished an old life

Found himself and love again.


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17 Responses to Moral Mondays: “Finish What You Start”

  1. Shadeau says:

    Bravo, Michael–I love your take on this prompt (I was starting to fret…but it ended as it should, in my experience).

  2. Lynn Love says:

    Great story Michael. Love the fairy tale feel to the poor man’s life of woe. And the fairy tale ending too – he found his princess, then? A great spin on the Cinderella story too. Lovely work

  3. Sonya says:

    Oh, this reads like an alternative fairy tale – nicely done!

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Nice take Michael. Great he left.

  5. Nortina S. says:

    Ahh, a different kind of fairytale. Lovely!

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