Sunday Writing Prompt #229 “Collage 37” – Memories


Behind the washed out washing

On the worn out old clothes line

The woman sits with her morning coffee.

It’s hot today, so she doesn’t bother

Dressing in any other way than to be cool.

Mornings allow her to remember,

Reminiscing is all she has now.

Children, grown and moved away

Husband left her for she was unlovable,

A crone and a bitch deserving of nothing.

After years of hearing it, she accepts her reality.

Last week she heard from one child

The artist boy was in Paris, doing well he said

She smiled at the news, and now she recalls

Paris when she was younger,

the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris

Where she spent ten years before marrying the man

Who fathered her children and promised so much.

She wonders what course her life may have taken

Had she ignored his advances and not been so needy.

The beauty of hindsight she knows is wondering

What might have been?

Her lithe body is now spent,

Who would believe she was once prima ballerina material?


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14 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt #229 “Collage 37” – Memories

  1. Olga says:

    A sad tale, Michael. If only she had “not been so needy.” Nicely written. 🙂

  2. That part about her husband leaving her because she was unloveable and the resignation so heart-wrenching

  3. julespaige says:

    That is a hard choice… to be public or private – sometimes, most often really we cannot be both.
    I like how you addressed each photo. 🙂

  4. It is not easy to make sense out of all of those panels and you did a wonderful job Michael.

  5. Reena Saxena says:

    Needs override another, and reemerge later as regret. We really need to tickmark all boxes, before we reach an irreversible decision about anything,

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