Take Flight

Digging deeper hasn’t helped,

praying for a miracle became a waste of (precious) time

and the practice of self flagellation is growing old (and positively painful).


I suppose I could wait here on this precarious perch for-


changed and whittle away at my-



But my toes hurt from squeezing too tightly to the branches

and my heart is beating out of time with the natural rhythm of the universe.
Guess, it’s time to blow this popsicle stand.

Pack up and get out of dodge.

This town just isn’t big enough for the two of us anymore…

With one flap of my ruffled feathers

I know…

it’s time to fly.



For Studio30Plus weekly prompt:

Given to us by Joanne Roth 

“precarious perch” 


For Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge this week

Velvet Verbosity 100 Word Challenge


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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. This great post describes so many different situations.

    Gotta love the word ” flagellation,” too!
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  2. Lyssa Medana

    That is beautiful. There is a real sense of release as you read it. Lyssa M x

  3. My favourite part was the “My………self………..worth”. I stressed each word when I came to them, just as you, no doubt, had intended. Well done, Kir!:)
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  4. So this made the song Gambler by Kenny Rogers pop in my head:
    You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
    Know when to fold ’em
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run…

    Sometimes you just know when it’s time to go. Great job conveying that.
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  5. Such lovely imagery here. And I enjoyed the lyrical pacing of this piece.
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  6. Kir,
    There is a great brutal honesty with oneself here. Sometimes you got to shed ’em or spread ’em I guess and
    you capture that perfectly. Nice.
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  7. Such fabulous pacing, like a breath of fresh air as the flight happens at the end.
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  8. Yes, take flight and don’t look back.
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  9. This was a beautiful heartfelt piece that made me wish for a better freer future for the protagonist. Beautifully expressed in vivid language.

  10. Oh darling… it is time to fly! Open those beautiful wings of yours and soar! I always love how your emotions are so vulnerable in your writing. They say to peer into one’s soul we must look into their eyes. To peer into your soul, all one needs to do is read but a few of your words.
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  11. yay, fly now! vroom vroom!
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  12. I love the suicidal undertone, here. It leaves the interpretation to the reader. The release of letting go of life, the release of letting go of fetters, or any of a great number of other types of “taking flight.” Very cool!
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