Here’s my response to this week’s W3 writing prompt, selected by Poet of the Week Deepthy. (https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/09/28/w3-prompt-22-weave-written-weekly/). She asks for an ode to a thought or idea that largely influenced your life or character.
So… what does influence my life and character? The first thing that came to my mind was my stubbornness and I simply ran with that.
Ode to my stubbornness You’re perhaps not my most redeeming feature, but you got me here. Yes, you! I’m covered in glue, paint in my hair, don’t look at my fingers, you made me stick those feathers onto that page, write silly poems deep into sleepless nights, to whom it may concern. Because of you, all of this matters, and, worse, you make me care. I bake lopsided cakes, because you ripped up tried and trusted recipes. Just the other day you were having a laugh, made me plant bulbs into the squelchy clay that camouflages as back garden. I know those tulips will rot. One or two might thrive, you said, and I believe you, always. You got me into this mess, so please, no tut tutting in my direction! I like you. Grit. Furrowed brow, ready or not, you make me get on with the job of being me, when my soft southern soul scouts for easy excuses, tries to sneak out, hide, bend or twist. She’s a natural born contortionist. No such thing under your careful watch. You’re rigid. My backbone of non negotiableness. Quite frankly, you don’t give a damn and I love you for that. You, my stubbornness, you got me here. Right here. Thanks a bunch!