Monday, April 25, 2016

Origin Story

I am from
a suburb close enough
to see the fireworks
of the Magic Kingdom
from my backyard
but too poor to visit.

I am from
the middle child cell
and I come out
to soften arguments
and distract people
from their petty scrapes
and I am largely
ignored,
except when I
say something funny,
which is still
my most powerful
form of validation
and my proof
of worth.

I am from
inside a fortress
of books
where I hide
away from
my pragmatic
and prosaic roots
and dream
of alternate endings
to what seems to be
the fate of my life.

I am from
a land of the blind
where my appearance
is secondary
to my song,
and when I sing
I not only fit in,
I transcend.

I am from
a bloodline
of small, scared people
who never ventured
and consequently,
never gained,
but we had carpeting
and never missed
a meal.

I am from
the comfort of
the television
always playing
in the background
as a reminder
there's another world
out there.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, Mosk. This is, quite simply, stunning. That last stanza. And so much love for this:
    I am from
    a land of the blind
    where my appearance
    is secondary
    to my song,
    and when I sing
    I not only fit in,
    I transcend.

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  2. my pragmatic
    and prosaic roots
    and dream

    Sigh.. gorgeous!!!

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  3. I so resonate with being so close to the Magic Kingdom and too poor to go in.....I love the humor and the transcending through song....me, too. Had to smile at "but we had carpeting". Loved this one, Mosk.

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  4. I am from that middle child cell also and my job is much the same. I love the same stanza De mentioned. Music was my escape very early in life. It has healed me of many things. This is such a beautiful piece. Thank you so much for writing for the prompt!!

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  5. Yes, we all think, growing up, that our world is the norm.

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  6. This is one I so much resonates with... the only one maybe not is that we were not really poor... it was more a matter of harsh rules on what money should be spent on... the loneliness I do recognize so much. I might have been a middle child as well... but in reality the eldest.

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  7. I see a lot of good in this story of beginnings.

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  8. Wow, Mosk. This is exceptional.

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  9. This is so good. I really enjoy your style, Mosk. You are a poet of no pretense--I like that, so much.

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