Recently a friend of mine on Facebook challenged me to write something outside my comfort zone. “Whatever you are scared to write about, write it anyway,” he said. I let this sink in awhile, but didn’t really intend to take him up on the challenge. Still, it wouldn’t leave me. Could I abandon my safe writing place and tackle something that makes me uncomfortable or is darker than what I would normally write? Finally, while meditating with my adult coloring book, it came to me. What I felt is one of the hardest things for me to write about just sprang to mind with a stark opening line. I feel weird telling you that I hope you enjoy this piece, but hopefully it does bring something to the table, to maybe inspire you to write a story or poem outside your own comfort zone. You don’t need to use the picture heading this post, just write what you don’t want to write 😉 Feel free to share anything you may write in regards to this challenge if you like. You can post it as a comment here in my post, or share a link if you have it written or posted somewhere else. Okay, takes a deep breath, here it goes.
The Devil Is A Cold Floor
I am a shadow.
A ghost moving against the chill of a cold concrete floor.
The voice of the devil tells me this is what adults do.
Lay still. Be quiet. This will hurt just a bit, then it feels good.
The devil lies. The hurt goes on forever
Following from one lover to another
To mess you up for everyone
Hot water heater
I imagine its the mouth of hell
As I stare up in into its tiny flickering flame
Wishing it could burn the shame away
But the shame remains as it always will
A stark reminder that the devil is a cold floor
Upon which all innocence dies.