go ahead, prompt me

31 Jan

you are in a room, an empty room. the only thing in this empty room is a chair.
describe the chair and how it makes you feel.

the handle is hardly attached. the seats no longer cushioned. the plaid has faded to a dull blur, and yet the chair beckons.


i fall back without wondering what will catch me – doubt put on hold by the slow, easy descent. halfway airborne, the footstool unfolds, eager to meet me on landing.

i sit.
i rest.

but the pilling fabric begins to stick, the springs jab hard at my squirming skin. i reach for the handle to right my sinking ship but it snaps . . . a shipwrecked oar.

i sit.
(i breathe.)

a last gulp before the dive.

headrest meets footstool and i am folded over. swallowed. stomach to knees, spinning beneath the faded plaid. down into the dirty down, grasping for change, trash, a lost boy’s lego . . . i reach the floor. the end.

i rest.
i wonder.

from this vantage, below, i know: not all rest is easy. not all stillness comfortable.

*photo credit

8 Responses to “go ahead, prompt me”

  1. Lacy January 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    yes indeed.

  2. Sara Sophia January 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Loved then and now.
    You are immense.


  3. Law Momma January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I agree. It was beautiful on Saturday and is still beautiful today. You have a wonderful way with words.

    • dearabbyleigh January 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

      oh thank you new friend. although i can’t find your real name anywhere which makes me feel like a poser friend. if only you’d had a card to give me, or i a better memory :)

      so glad you stopped by. i love our writer tribe.

  4. andrea February 1, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    love this. love it so so so much.

  5. Emily @ The Pilot's Wife February 1, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Loved hearing it and reading it. <3

  6. Rey February 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Super piece of writing, I will be browsing back on a regular basis to find up-grades.

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