Tennessee.

day14

Today I am to take my cue from the first word on page 29 of the nearest book, and write a letter inspired by this word. So to Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire I turn, and to the word ‘Chance’.

 

Tennessee.

Dear Chance,

I saw you lying there, dumped amidst a pile of the unwanted.

Once more you have fooled me. I am repeatedly bribed by your potential, so I persistently give you away, even when I should grip you tight between blood drained fingertips.

For years you have been masquerading – dressing yourself in beautiful gowns that are ill fitting. It is a clever facade, one of trust, of dogma and desire, but in reality you are a mere consequence of these; you are what we stoop to when we are longing for them instead.

I thought I’d spend a lifetime incessantly giving you away, but I shall be more frugal in spending your currency.

Sincerely,

Laura Gabrielle Feasey.

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19 thoughts on “Tennessee.

  1. I connect with this on different levels but confused about your meaning. What is it that you aren’t holding unto that you should? Also how do you connect chance with desire?

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    1. It is rather abstract! I’m basically saying that I’m too free with my chances and that I should give people less, rather than giving chance after chance to some… perhaps rather a cynical view? When I say that chance is a consequence of desire I’m referring to the desire to make someone different, by giving them another chance… hopefully that makes sense?!

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      1. That makes perfect sense, thank you. I have a many a thought on change off the heart and currently in the process of writing an article on it

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      2. This subject has become more than just a theory for me. It has consumed my mind for many years and cause me no small amount of pain. It’ll probably more than an article since I just started and it’s already 2 pages long.

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      3. I spoke to a poet last week about writing and he said that writers often have to find other interests, things to even get obsessed about… this may qualify for you then?!

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      1. I think if we don’t have real want to hang onto something or if it gives us trouble we tend to let go. Perhaps, often for self – preservation as you say. If we don’t have it it can’t hurt you.

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      2. Exactly! It’s human nature to keep everything that’s painful as far away as possible isn’t it? But you might be right, if it was really important to us we’d hang onto it!

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    1. Actually the only connection to Tennessee was the fact I got the prompt word from Tennessee Williams’ book! It was more that giving people multiple chances is perhaps a little overrated… but that’s what I adore about writing, everyone interprets things so differently!

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