The Instructions are Wrong

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The first thing they teach is how to cut yourself with numbers.
Bleed into the clouds.

  1. Lose your footing in the blue. Let the water reach your legs. Then your arms. Just go ahead and drown!

2. Trade your own organs on the black market. You could use some cash. What’s your price?

4. Have your red blood siphoned like gas from a car
because you are expendable, replaceable and must
be used up!

I unlearned it all

6. when I stopped to collect seashells

I think I picked up all my parts
and dismantled
the many demons
who would take my soul
cause they never had their own
they knew I would live long
they knew I could stand
through endless waves.

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When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.
–The Garden of Eden (started in 1946 but published in 1986)
~Ernest Hemingway

There are so many ways in which the world will try to destroy us
and we must look within to return to Paradise! πŸ’

Written for dVerse Poetics where Lisa hosts and challenges us to write one true sentence! (Inspired by Hemingway)

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

38 thoughts on “The Instructions are Wrong

  1. Tricia I love your paint by numbers and how you rewrote the instructions! I love your wisdom at the end of the post as well. You’re right, the ways are endless but learning to let them flow by is key!

    1. WordPress was giving me some trouble with formatting today, but managed to get the colors in there, haha! Thanks for the Hemingway lines, your prompt pushed me today! πŸ’—

  2. I admire the formatting and the numbered verses – very creative approach to the prompt. But more than this, I love the message of the last verse – an ode to courage to stand up to life’s challenges and endless waves.

  3. I love the idea of dismantling our demons πŸ˜€ this is gorgeously rendered, Tricia πŸ’πŸ’

  4. Tricia,
    The instructions are wrong indeed, even if they’re written in bold and eye-catching colors, because they make you forget to stop and “collect the seashells” and ignore the soulless ones who tell us to trade who we are for their vision of who we are, are meant to be. I love the innovative way you write.

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