December 7, 2013

Daily Prompt: Fifteen Minutes

You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio — choose your format). What would you say?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us THE BIG MOMENT.



A pregnant hush
Like a cave filled slowly
With trickling water
And just about to burst

The silence of a whale’s breath held
Awaiting the sea’s surface
To exhale a volcano
That hurls everything skywards

Then my name is called
The chosen one
And the blowhole explodes
With the sound of a thousand hands clapping
And a deafening applause

And me
I am stupefied

I am still silent inside
Too silent
My cave’s still filling with water
And when it brims over
My walls do not explode
Like I thought they would

They bleed

 The big moment is here
My big moment
The world’s at my feet
Just the way I once wanted it

And all gold
That people die for
Has my very name engraved on it

But no
I don’t see that

Through the golden surface
I see me inside out

I see too much of my self
My darkness

A black soul
That forever mourns
Things lost
That will never return

Instead of the rare bird I hold in one hand
I see the ones that have died before
Never again to be seen

Instead of celebrating the victory after the war
I am still anguished, by the thousands
That bled dry on the battlefield

The world substitutes every defeat
With a new win
Then moves on

Every pain has a gain

But for me
All loses are too great
To celebrate any one victory

And in this big moment
Still mourning the things I have lost
To get what I now hold
As the ultimate trophy
I wonder

What’s the point of all this?

In response to the Daily Prompt


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  5. Awakening the CEO…. | Life is a Vacation
  6. My 15 minute worldwide broadcast | TechnoTom
  7. Sharing the Good News of Christ | meanderedwanderings
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  9. So I sent a tweet | The Land Slide Photography
  10. TRUTH IS ETERNAL | crookedeyebrows
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  12. The Big Moment | The Nameless One
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  14. Fifteen Minutes | Life is great
  15. “Become the Change….” (wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  16. SOULLESS | Hellen Masido
  17. “Here’s To The Crazy Ones” – Lipstick and Lithium – WP Daily Prompt
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  20. A Driving System | 4 The Sensitive
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  23. Addressing the world: Follow my blog! | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  24. The Lurker’s List | A Shout to the Whole World
  25. The Big Moment | Flowers and Breezes
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  27. 15 Minutes to the Secrets of Life | 61 Musings
  28. My 15 minutes of Farm Bill Jabber | Kansa Muse
  29. Think You’re Not Creative? Think Again. | Pairings: Art + What Goes With It
  30. Daily Prompt: Fifteen Minutes — A Haiku |
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