DD 89

I once saw a circus lion-tamer keep five lions at bay with a whip and a chair.  His choreographed movements--his pivots, gestures, and spins--were ballet-like.  The lions, on the other hand, showed no practiced grace; instead, they looked like what they were--ferocious creatures coerced into sitting on chairs and jumping through hoops.  I was reminded of …

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Day 84

This is a continuation of Day 83. Prompt: Nothing changes or nothing had changed (open ended).   We lapse into silence, each working on homework, Alex playing background music from his laptop. It's a comfortable silence between us after the last year as coworkers, broken only when the accelerator readout indicates samples are ready to be …

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Day 82

Prompt: Nothing changes or nothing had changed (open-ended).   As I turn onto the street holding my childhood home, my heart speeds up. I drive slowly, telling myself it's in case there are children playing near the road even though I know I'm procrastinating the inevitable. A lot has changed since I was last here; …

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DD 87

Teenagers are not herd animals. From a distance--from far away, say from parenthood, They look as if they rush, sheep-like, Or lemming-like to the newest trend But that’s the view from too high up: That may be a projection by adults who themselves have a large community to negotiate:  family, neighbors, co-workers, customers, patients, students, and …

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Day 81

I am hoping to catch up on all my writing soon! It's been a crazy couple weeks for me. Prompt: Nothing changes or nothing had changed (open-ended).   I wake up to beeping, groggily reaching toward the sound. My hand smacks the coffee table, a cold sharp pain that jars me fully awake. The TV …

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