Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Centus: Retrospection

I am joining Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. Each week we are given a prompt, a phrase in which to design a story or poem around. We are limited to 100 words, not counting the prompt. This week's prompt is “Objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear”. You are allowed to use the prompt anywhere within your writing, but it must be used "whole", not split up.


Jenny Matlock


RETROSPECTION

He sat in the passenger seat of life ruminating about his present circumstance. He thought this was what he wanted but now he wasn’t so sure. 

Memories, carefully buried long ago and thought to be forgotten, were now making themselves known; memories that may hold the answer to the puzzle of why he chose this particular path.

He had not wanted to ever remember. However, years of running from his past, drowning his sorrows, and drugging the pain no longer worked. He was out of tricks.

With new-found determination he opens the window to his past. “Objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear”. Ain’t that the truth.

28 comments:

Viki said...

Makes me want to know more about this guy and what he's been through. Good Centus.

lissa said...

good take on SC, nice story of a man who might be in some mid-life crisis or perhaps thinking of a change in his life

Nessa said...

Yeah, it is.

Interesting meme.

Bookie said...

Always hard to face our own truths..seems he was doing it.

Sue said...

It certainly is!

Good job.

=)

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Great!

Just gotta look at the demons in that mirror, as close and as large as they might appear, and realize that they can't hurt you - as they are behind you now.

Brian Miller said...

better to face them than let them dog your coat tails...nice one polly...

Mumsy said...

Intriguing! Now I want to know more about what his new-found determination is..

Malisa said...

Oh, I like that he "opened the window to his past"! Nice touch! Very nice description of a man driven by a past (I want to know what it is)and heading to a new future (I want to know what it is)!

Malisa

Jenners said...

Love your spin on the prompt ... very philosophical.

Anna said...

You give us the framework without the content.
But that way the reader keeps asking questions.
Well-written.
Best wishes,
Anna

Vicki said...

Think some of us can relate to "the passenger seat of life."

Great take on it this week..

jfb57 said...

Really creative piece! Brilliant!

Susan Deborah said...

Life, etc. I liked this one!

Joy always,
Susan

Willoughby said...

I want to know the whole story! Love this one!

Kat said...

Really nicely done. You've conveyed so much about this person in so few words. Love the line "passenger seat of life". Kat

Tracy said...

great! you caught the readers attention from the very first line! not always easy to do!

cj Schlottman said...

June Freaking Cleaver said it all for me. Great post. (And thanks to June).

..........cj

easternsparkle said...

Good take on this - it's amazing how we all use it so differently!

RockiBottom said...

Very good. I'd love to find out more of this man's story.

Tgoette said...
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Tgoette said...

Wow, this was a very impressive story! Very well done!

~Lissa said...

You said so much about your character in so few words! I especially like the "passengers seat of life" line. Really great job!

jeff campbell said...

Such well crafted words Polly...I loved it...Peace and blessings

Cheryl said...

Been there and back. Until the past is truly left in the past, all things appear bigger than they really are.

Terra said...

and I have to wonder how he felt when he opend that window?

Jenny said...

Polly, I loved this.

Such a true little story about so many times in life.

I really enjoyed your thoughtful use of this prompt.

Darn girl. Now you have me thinking.

Jenny said...

Polly, I loved this.

Such a true little story about so many times in life.

I really enjoyed your thoughtful use of this prompt.

Darn girl. Now you have me thinking.

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