Life twists and turns – for dVerse

I’m not sure
I’d recognise the moments
when my life twisted
under my hands –

It’s just a place
we choose to start the story.

If I’d not missed that junction,
making me 20 minutes late,
we might have been
broadsided by some HGV
wheeled in, half conscious,
on a trolley..

In some other story,
maybe I ate the little cake
shrank down
was silenced.

If you had called a friend,
we might have never met,
I might be married
to some city guy,
with a gleaming steel kitchen
and a view over the river.

In some other story,
maybe I bit the poisoned apple,
fell insensible,
waited to be kissed awake.

If I had caught that bus,
I might have found a card
that would have led me to
a secret destination,
a man with clear blue eyes
and hair like a doomed poet’s.

In some other story,
maybe I didn’t drop my shoe,
ran home in rags,
swept up the ashes,
asked myself why –
led the rebellion
burned the palace down.

It’s the first dVerse prompt of the year, and Merrill is running the show. She asks us to think about the paths our life has taken, and whether the choices we have made have changed things for us.

21 thoughts on “Life twists and turns – for dVerse

  1. Well done, Sarah. All the what ifs–any part of the story could have changed the ending. I like the alternating with the sort of fairy tales and fiction. Our lives are filled with stories–and choices–and possible different endings. Or perhaps beginnings.

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  2. How intriguing that we can have different realities and journeys all at once…What ifs of stories make this an engaging read. So many twists to our lives, its not a straight journey.

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  3. I like your focus on any moment, not just the big ones, can have momentous effects. Also, the thing about getting stuck in traffic — yes — I’ve thought maybe it can be an angel saving your life.

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  4. I think if I tried to identify those moments, I’d fail miserably, Sarah – there are so many! I like the phrase ‘when my life twisted under my hands’ as we are responsible for our own choices, and the twisting could be of the life or the hands with regret or despair. I enjoyed all the different what –ifs, especially the reference to Alice and the lines:
    ‘If you had called a friend,
    we might have never met,
    I might be married
    to some city guy,
    with a gleaming steel kitchen
    and a view over the river’
    which reminded me of the song by Joni Mitchell, ‘Harry’s House’ – here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0wzDMfzOQ

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  5. I had an aunt whose parents missed the sailing of the Titanic. In 1966, in the Navy, I chose a administrative billet, and never went to Viet Nam. This now is my third marriage and it is 27 years magical. I love your poem. It sang a lullaby that could have gone on for pages.

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  6. I think you truly embraced the prompt. It was so interesting to read your descriptive scenarios. Our lives are formed by so many chance happenings as well as choices.

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  7. love the weaving of popular fiction and real life eventualities by the event of chance – this line was brilliant –
    It’s just a place
    we choose to start the story.

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  8. It’s interesting, right? To wonder the what if’s? As long as they’re not regrets they can be fun to ponder. Love the end reference to Cinderella…..and I do wonder what a doomed poet’s hair looks like! Really enjoyed this one!

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