Change and grow

A quadrille for the dverse prompt, changes.


Change and decay

they used to say

fearing the crumbling of certitudes

But turn and face the strange

is how we raise our fists

and rearrange

the stuck in mud of yesterday.

There was a time

when fun

was watching a belly

zipped undone.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

35 thoughts on “Change and grow”

  1. Watching a belly get unzipped is still fun for me; smile. The older I get, the more I struggle with change; drives my younger wife crazy.

  2. I shuddered at the line regarding bellies being zipped undone. Watched The Outlaw King the other week and it’s quite graphic in places. Great poem about challenging the idea of ‘it’s the way we’ve always done it’ to usher in brighter futures.

    1. I was thinking of Braveheart. Mel Gibson’s face was a picture. I see red when I hear the champions of ‘tradition’ defending disgusting barbaric practices. Just because something was family entertainment in the Dark Ages doesn’t mean we have to keep on doing it.

  3. Provocative. After reading the comments and your reply, I can read that now as more like you intended. Gruesome, yes, but is that also intended as a tiny bit hopeful, since we seem to have evolved a bit from those times?

  4. Belly zippers are verboten. Ewwww! I’m so resistant to change, it upsets me when my friends rearrange their furniture! I enjoyed your poem.

  5. This is my favorite part because it is empowering:
    But turn and face the strange
    is how we raise our fists
    and rearrange
    the stuck in mud of yesterday.

  6. “Stuck in the mud of yesterday,” is so apt and powerful! We do tend to be reluctant to change at times! Exquisite write ❀

  7. “fearing the crumbling of certitudes” and the “rearrange” line – are you talking about the standing around and watching a hanging, and the gutting of people back in the day!??? I so can’t even comprehend that!

    1. That’s exactly what I was thinking of πŸ™‚ It’s what I feel like pointing out to the people who defend appalling ‘traditions’. Just because we behaved like barbarians once doesn’t mean we have to keep doing it!

  8. And here I was thinking about revolution from the sheets to the streets (do you know of the brand Lucky Jeans? They have a ribbon sewn in the fly that reads “Lucky You” if you’re facing the zipper as it unzips.)

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