I am never going to do this again, I chant to myself as I try to block out thoughts of what might have been.
I am never again letting him convince me that “this time it will be different” because it’s never different, nothing ever changes, not even the words he says and the things he does to try to get me back.
I am never going back.
This was written in response to Maya Stein’s Tri-Writing prompt: I am always / I am never…
“Look here, it’s a relic from the Last Times,” the puppet said, holding out the object in its jointed, jangly hand.
“Well, what is it? What does it do?”
“It doesn’t matter because I don’t know,” the puppet said, pulling its hand away, “And there’s no one left to tell us.”
This was written in response to Maya Stein’s Tri-Writing prompt: What is this object? Tell us its purpose in 3 lines.
You tell me how much you love me and want to spend the rest of your life with me, but then your conscience creeps up on you and you run as fast as you can in the other direction.
You sprint back, promising it will be all it was before and more, better than before, because you know what you want now and you’ll never leave me again.
I give you another chance, we have a great weekend, and then things spiral downward until the cycle repeats…because we’re trapped in it.
This was written in response to Maya Stein’s Tri-Writing prompt: Write 3 lines about a pattern you’ve noticed – in yourself, in someone else, or in an environment or circumstance you’ve been privy to.
May you be ignored whenever you text someone.
May you thanklessly plunge toilets, purge refrigerators, and scrub spit out of sinks among other things that aren’t your responsibility.
May a shark pursue you in open water every day for the rest of your life.
This was written in response to Maya Stein’s Tri-Writing prompt: Invent 3 new curses OR 3 new blessings.
Things are hard – harder than they’ve been in ages.
But I’m patient, I’m dedicated, and I’m not giving up.
When people ask me how I got through these years I’ll tell them, It was my deep inner strength, and they won’t believe me but I’ll smile at them anyway because at least I know it’s true.
This was written in response to Maya Stein’s Tri-Writing prompt: What are your favorite tools? Tell us in 3 lines.