no place to hide

i'd like to step inside there,
breathe for a while,
and come out a new girl.
a girl who stands her ground,
doesn't let the bastards get her down.
or maybe i can go in there
to confess my various sins,
recline on a couch, talk it all out,
eyes closed, visualizing
what my inner child might think of this.
her eyes would leak a little
as though she had been smacked.
but then she'd retreat to a book
and lose herself.
yes, the lesson is right in there:
take care of that girl. take good care.

I don't often write to photo prompts, but this one, issued by Kerry O'Connor at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, demanded my attention and made me write until I got this out. Whew.


  1. That box does seem to be the hidden entrance to a parallel time zone. There is pain in this piece, and self-affirmation too.

  2. Wow, I so love the power of this poem and the message: take good care of this girl! Fantastic writing!

  3. Take good care of that girl. Take good care of those children, all of them.

    Beautiful, my Marian.

  4. Nicely done! A very effective set of private wishes! I used the same photo in my response. (Great minds think alike!)

  5. All that from a phone booth! I really like this.

  6. I'm so glad you decided to try out the prompt. I wouldn't want to have missed this!

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. Illegitimi non carborundum, puella mea. <3

  8. I love the magical promise in this, Marian.

  9. thanks, you, lovely friends all.

  10. This is totally cool ... love the bit about your inner child.

  11. Excellent poem. I can really relate to this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. A magic phone booth! I want a turn in there.

  13. sometimes you touch a nerve. thank you, friends.

  14. always take care of that girl

    she writes so well

  15. oh, the possibilities!

    but my tardis is blue,... ack! my geek is showing...

  16. apparently! thanks for coming over to read.
    you may have the most entertaining blog name i've seen yet, Ms. Hugs!


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