The Competition

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “jour.” Find a word containing “jour” or use it as is. Bonus points if you start or end your post with that word. Enjoy!


Journey of a thousand thoughts
Steps to and fro
In circles and then down a path
This is life I’m meant to be living
But I’m stuck in the corridors
Of my dark shadowed mind
Inky ghosts haunting me
Of maybe, possibility and despair
Written off before it’s explored
Shot down before it can take flight
The darkness rules this cavity
Of echoing of huge disparity
Between doom and reality
For these black silhouettes paint
Lack, scarcity and impossibility
With paintbrushes of negativity
Dipped in the well of doubts and fear
Spreads like a rapid infection
Destroying all cells of self-belief
Annihilating all remaining confidence
To be left with a quivering shell
Of indecision and incapability
Created from the imaginings
Of an overactive contemptuous mind
Fed by the angles of competition
And the lust for success
Driven by the insecurities of society
To be the ultimate best
Losing the beauty of a unique self
In this contest

Debbie Gravett © 2020.11.08

SoCS: jour…
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