Going, Going, Gone
I’m leaving home
I said defiantly
when I was four
but I stayed
I’m leaving here
I said defensively
when I was a teen
but I stayed
I’m leaving you
I said dispassionately
when I was married
and so I went
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De Jackson (AKA Whimsy Gizmo) is hosting D'Verse Poets
Monday Quadrille and has prompted us with "Go"
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Christine, loved what you did here! 🥰
Thank you dear Punam 🥰
Sometimes leaving is the only option. This is a beautifully evocative write! 💝
Thanks Sanaa. I always appreciate your kind words ☺️
And now you’re ever to wonder if you stayed when you should have gone and went when you should have stayed. Life is hard!
The good thing is I am pretty good at making decisions as a grown up! As a four year old and a teen, not so much ☺️
Good that you did it when it was due.
Yes. That was a long time ago ☺️
Hmm… like seasons of life
Yes that’s a good description Jay!
Yes that’s a good description Jay ☺️
Are you doing well?
Yes, I’m really good. Thanks for asking Jay ☺️ You too I hope.
Thanks, I am, too B-)
The dissonance of one the third response is, though anticipated, is still powerful because of the rhythm. It stirs the heart and leaves me with the reflection that the first two held you the third did not.
Thank you Paul. You are correct. It seems to be something I have done my whole life. I can certainly face problems head on but something in me does not like to feel trapped I suppose. I like to be in charge of my actions, even at 4 years old! You can’t get far with a bag of toys though! ☺️
Sometimes leaving is the best thing we can do, though hopefully not at four years old!
It is a vivid memory Ingrid! I remember being 4 years old and packing my mum’s shopping back with some toys and announcing I was leaving home! She said with a smile, “OK then, bye bye’. I opened the door and walked across the street. I turned and she was waving at me. It was then I got scared and ran back in tears! ☺️ I honestly don’t know why I did that. I think maybe I was just showing some independence, even if only 4 years old 🤣. There does seem to be a pattern though.
My son (3.5) said he wanted to stay home alone, but he soon changed his mind when we all got dressed and pretended to head out without him. I think it is the first time we try to assert our independence! Even at 18 when I decided to ‘leave home’ I only lasted 3 days!
It’s funny isn’t it. I managed to stay away for 6 months when I was 18. Off seeing Europe as we did then, but I was terribly homesick and was ready to go home at the end of it. ☺️
Wow; well done! Based on a true story?
It is David, but it was a long time ago. All is well now ☺️
I’m glad to know 🤗
Third time’s the charm, eh? (And probably not a moment too soon, I’ll bet.)
Hey thanks Ron! ☺️
Clearly the time was right. Love how it’s framed, nice work.
Thank you sir much Pat. I’m happy you enjoyed it ☺️
Oh, I love the progression of this. Glad you left when it really mattered. I did, and it made all the difference.
Thanks De! I’m happy you liked it ☺️
Going … going … gone! Very good!
Thanks Dwight ☺️
You are welcome.