I came across a challenge on Rach Writes and thought it was fun to be a part of…..here’s the challenge:
Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
- include the word “imago” in the title
- include the following 4 random words: “miasma,” “lacuna,” “oscitate,” “synchronicity,”
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!
How difficult is that? Mind-boggling….but good fun. I thought I would write about Plath, a poet I love. So here’s 200 words including the title.
The mirror according to Plath
Could be a liar with her eyes on the truth.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who is the fulcrum of you?
Who is the agony and the ecstasy,
The beginning and the death,
The lacuna that can not be filled,
The foreboding that weighs hard
Miasma like- a smiling skull,
But you were buried long ago
By disease, by time.
Memory you are a vault for the sick,
You fill me with grim, with grime,
So she writes Tulips for release
So she writes Daddy to exorcise.
It is alive, yesterday.
It always is.
The stubborn stain
That scrubbing can not destroy.
The past, the friend who really stabs
You in the back
All the time.
The therapists told her to talk it out,
They electrified, turned her mind static,
Wiped out little rooms in her brain,
Vacuum cleaners clearing dust
Isn’t cleaning an act of foolery?
Clean the cupboards and the shelves,
Wipe the windows and the doors,
Clear the fridge, hang out the rugs,
Can houses ever be cleaned?
Can emotions ever be quelled?
She oscitates in the blasting fumes,
Her open mouth a repository
Of tangled synchronicity.