Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Spent

For the month of April I will be taking part in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I will be using two tools besides my trusty computer - my imagination and my dictionary -The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition.. I will turn to the letter of the day, flip the pages and let my fickle finger of fate find the word. Then I'll write - might be a story, might be a rant, might be a poem. Who knows! Do let me know what you think. To go to the list of other participants go here - There's a heck of a lot of blogs and there are many more signed up below me. If you make a comment I will do my darnedest to check out your blog and comment. Spread the love around!


Spent v. Past tense and past participle of spend 1. Consumed: used up. 2. Passed; come to an end. 3. Depleted of energy, force or strength; exhausted. 4. Naut. Of or relating to a vessel at the end of a voyage, with fuel, stores, and water consumed and cargo discharged.


To Death

I see you over there, standing on the corner of Walk-Don't Walk, your knife out and making long curlicues as you whittle - what? - oh, just a pencil you are sharpening, sharpening, sharpening. You have a long lick of bang that covers one eye but the other darts here and there - looking, looking, looking. Don't bother looking at me, buddy! I will come when I've used up every bit of my life, and not a moment before. When you pick me up this body will be an empty vessel. My cargo of children, poems, tomato plants, drawings, kites, brownies, letters and finely knitted shawls will have been discharged. There won't be so much as a fridge doodle left in my gnarled paw. I will have danced every dance, sang every song, dreamed long and hard - loose and soft. I will be utterly depleted of original thought, of the oceans of ideas and manifestations. I will not harbour even one skinny little stowaway. I will be spent when you come to fetch me. Utterly spent!

3 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Love this in-your-face message to Death (and the way he's described.)

I also really like the word 'spent' (used in this way...not so much 'spent' like "I spent all the cash in my purse today..." :)

Jan Morrison said...

Thanks Elizabeth! There is something about these short pieces which frees me up! I'm having a ball!

Margot Kinberg said...

Jan - I just love the attitude of your narrator! It's so...empowering. We all know that Death is going to win in the end, but that doesn't mean we have to give up, so to speak.