Never never never

The Daily Inklings prompt is ‘never give up’. I’ve taken liberties with the theme and gone with just plain ‘never’.


Never is a thunderous word,

a portentous, fist-thumping-table word

that jackboots down avenues,

a thousand years ringing in the sound.

It shuns and turns its face away,

shows the door, slams it closed

behind a wayward child who doesn’t fit the mould.

Never is a prison door, steel-shod, inhuman,

precluding argument or change of heart.

I will never leave you, said the lover who left,

the virus that withers with treatment.

Nothing is forever, the birds say.

Look at the halo round the moon.

Tomorrow it might rain.

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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.

17 thoughts on “Never never never”

    1. We have too many leaders who speak in absolutes, seems to me, and it leads to no good. I thought we were trying to be inclusive, tolerant, yet more and more people are demanding their right to be ‘different’, to stand out from the all-inclusive mass and go their own way. Can’t have both.

    1. Thanks Len. I’m getting sick of hearing people yelling out great, sweeping generalities, false or otherwise, like the ‘we, the people’ stuff. Who is this speaking in my name? Which people? We have to believe that we all have the possibility to change the way we think and behave and stop being dogmatic about every stupid thing.

  1. It’s a word with no room to move. I’d like to throw it at the world’s leaders so it can drag them into that room–may they go away, far away, and wallow in their own darkness. They couldn’t see the moon if it was projected into their eyes. (K)

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