Writing Prompt: July 3 2016: The Devil is in the Details


This card represents: the representative elements of excess, indulgence, over-indulgence, ambition, ego, enslavement, power, control.

It was never easy

The ambition, the mind over decency,

Relentless drive to succeed

Whatever it took,

You were there peddling your worth.

Always needing to be validated

There were dinners of resplendence

Long hours in the preparation

Your galley slave ever there

Washing, cleaning, obeying


You never saw that, you saw the praise

Your standing going up,

Impressing, intimidating

Not about love and caring

But a step to recognition

You needed to be somebody

in a nobody world.

So we indulged

Showered good people

With lies and deception

None the wiser they came

With feet under our table

Had no idea of the trauma

To make what was happening.

Then standing longer

The clean-up, the rearranging

While you slept, too tired to help.

Your power, your manipulation

You controlled the ones

You should have loved.

Used them for your own gain,

I’m not sure they forgive you

I know I find it hard.


Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/writing-prompt-june-19-2016-its-in-the-details/


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7 Responses to Writing Prompt: July 3 2016: The Devil is in the Details

  1. Shadeau says:

    Definitely has a sting to it. Needing “to be somebody in a nobody world”–describes so many people.

  2. wildchild47 says:

    Ohh definitely echo Stella’s thoughts. The sting is there – in the precision and clip and cadence of the lines. And it works so well. And the ending? Perfect.

    Thanks for sharing your response and playing along with the Sunday writing prompt Michael 🙂

    I hope your weekend was wonderful and the start to your week brings good things.

  3. mandibelle16 says:

    It’s quite awful to be used and abused, to have someone not think of all the work and effort other people are giving them, especially when they get the credit. You demonstrated the cards meaning very well and effectively.

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