Sunday, July 21, 2013

586 : Tabula Rasa

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #118) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are:

repair, slate, time, driven, think, night, no
mesh, tear, room, longing, key, become

Tabula Rasa

No matter what you think,
Even though you may wish otherwise,
There comes a time to acknowledge
That things are beyond repair,
That what once meshed so well,
No longer does.

Tabula rasa, 
The blank slate,
Is the key to moving forward,
To making room, 
To making space,
Ready to welcome a new start; 
Moving out of the night of tearful longing
Into the bright day of hope and change.

It is not always a case of being driven
To become something new
But by being repulsed 
By remaining with the old.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013

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  1. There is truth in that last stanza, J Cosmo. I've been there myself. Sometimes change is the best (or only) option.

  2. Familiarity breeding contempt again...

  3. AnonymousJuly 21, 2013

    Thoughtful piece about the need for change.

  4. Ah yes, let go of the old and slip into the new. I will start the detox diet... tomorrow.

  5. There is great freedom in admitting that things are not going to get better, and that it's time to move on!

    A Wee Whirl

  6. So true. We spend a lot of time trying to repair the irreparable, and wonder why we remain stuck.

  7. AnonymousJuly 22, 2013

    When I make the rounds in response to posted prompts, there is often one piece that brings about a stillness within me. A moment of awareness at the edge of understanding. Today it is your poem. Thank you,


  8. Frighteningly true. And how hard it is some days to let go and move on.

  9. Change sometimes is necessary. Well said.


  10. Every word sings the truth in your poem especially liked the starkness of the last stanza. It takes courage to face those words!

  11. That it explains everything!

    This morning it's been out with my old washing machine; and tomorrow morning it will be in with my new washing machine!

  12. As long as Mrs N doesn't get any ideas!

  13. Wow. Another strong write, especially the last stanza.


  14. Things change over time and a switch or transformation with the changing times becomes essentially the need of the hour!! Much food for thought here J Cosmo!!

  15. This is excellent. I know exactly what you're talking about. Sometimes I leave due to panic attacks. When a child, we moved as a family, over and over, ad nauseam. The fun part is unpacking and deciding how to use the new space.

  16. An excellent pen. The tone flows naturally.


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