Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 20

The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!

Marathon at home once again.

Let me start off by saying I hope everyone is well.

Here are some photos from this week – different places I’ve been out to exercise in.

All right, let’s get to writing. This week, I mostly relied on some cards with glued-on phrases/words to spur my imagination.

PO 5-14-20 Cards with phrases

Here we go with a few selections.

This one, I didn’t use the phrase card. Instead, it was inspired by a couple of juxtaposed words from my notes: privilege needlessly.

I privilege needlessly and
I serial fake-praise and I mess with your head
and I suspend you unaware in lies
I gap you lap you slap you with pseudo-stories
I number my favorites in crayon using the system
I worked out in a bubble bath. I secret-smile
All the time. All the time. All the time.

A haiku (from the cards).

Two doors down the street
Why bother? said the old man
sweeping up fragments

And this little story, also from the phrase cards.

how long is he staying
when does he plan to leave
don’t we have enough trouble already?

He was standing by the window.
Something was always faltering
being laid aside
in that room.

The knitting needles twist
filling in patterns
gathering up fragments
not taking the slightest chance
of misunderstandings
Good morning, she said.
Gentle. Jarring. Sinuous.

The loudest sound the silence
painted in delicate small strokes
a gleaming white incomprehension
going in the wrong direction
wondering what was coming.

wanting to provoke
Because, you know, all the time
all of these things
run in concurrence
in that room

You didn’t say very much about your plans
you know

It’s quiet.
All quiet
in that room.

Thank you for reading!

3 thoughts on “Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 20

  1. Another great selection. I liked the “privilege needlessly” one a lot. It really captures that form of manipulation. The knitting one spoke to me a lot as it reminded me of my Gran. I loved her dearly but she had a challenging personality so that last line has an echo of that and she was also a prolific and proficient knitter, her needles always clicking away in an act of creation, including intricate Fair Isle patterns.

  2. Thank you. I knit also and have done so all my life, but had not done it for a while until I decided to make a baby blanket. I am enjoying the feel of doing it again.

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