Monday, 15 October 2018

WEP: This is how you know

The body does what the body does. It listens to you all the time, does what you tell it to; though you may not hear yourself.

Does that surprise you? You know you’ve been here many times and yet, you can’t help yourself.

This is how you know when something feels right or wrong or confused.

This is how you know when two bodies are working separately or as one. This is how you know when one body hears the other body. Or it is tied up in knots of not knowing.

This is how you know when you’re fussing and you’re in danger of cutting off your breathing underwater.

This is how you know that having a new hairdo is not going to clean up the mess on the ocean floor.

This is how you know that steam cleaning your favourite curtains will do nothing to the cobweb of doubts clogging up your bloodstream.

This is also how you know that a beautiful mind holding your hand and willing your tired limbs to swim another half-mile is everything you need to know.

This is how you know that you must have done something good in another life, because your twelve year old daughter is weaving some thoughtful magic like that.

And you shed tears that remind you that this is life, just life.

That’s how you know déjà vu.


©Adura Ojo 2018

FCA

55 comments :

  1. Something in our head always reminds us.

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  2. Beautiful! Yes, our kids is what keeps us afloat in the turbulent sea of life.

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    1. They help keep us grounded, Olga.
      Very good at it too, I'd say.

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  3. Poignant and beautiful. And how I loved the lines 'This is how you know that steam cleaning your favourite curtains will do nothing to the cobweb of doubts clogging up your bloodstream.'
    Some days my blood flows at a tiny, mostly clogged trickle.

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    1. So sorry to hear that, EC. I have a problem with poor circulation too. Glad you enjoyed my offering,

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  4. Intriguing. A very deep and evocative post Adura. Just life.

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  5. Very nice - loved it. "Cobweb of doubts" is my favourite image!

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    1. Now that you mention it, I find myself reflecting too. Makes me wonder what images come to your mind, Jemi.

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  6. The cells of our bodies always know even though we may be in doubt! Deja Vu - exactly! Beautifully done!
    Children always make the difference!
    Happy Halloween!

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    1. There is that inkling, isn't there, Yolanda?
      Have fun on Halloween!

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  7. Listening is the most important part, or we miss it all. This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I find myself just wanting to listen, enjoy the moment and take it all in. Thank you, Lisa

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  8. Thought-provoking.
    I love your take on the Deja Vu prompt.
    At the end of it all, it's just life.

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    1. Please link your flash fiction to the WEP+IWSG badge that’s pinned to the top, over at the IWSG Facebook page, so that others can read your lovely work.
      Thank you!

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    2. Thanks, Michelle. I couldn't find the page on Facebook? Do you have he link/url?

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  9. I love this 'This is how you know...' The repetition really underlines the points you're making. I got the feeling that life is a fragile thing if we don't listen to our inner being. Sometimes hard to do in the cacophony of life. Deja Vu indeed.

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    1. Sometimes it's so difficult to find that space to reflect, Denise. Though it's so important.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful. Yes, this is how we know... and you expressed it so well.

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  11. Is my life
    a this way or that
    simple yet with
    never-ending questions
    some never answered
    some never asked
    yet all act like their the
    first and the only one
    Deja vu

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    1. Many questions....makes life interesting, I guess.

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  12. My kids are all adults and now raising families of their own. It's fun to watch them in their interactions and remember how it was for me so many years ago.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi Arlee
      I'm yet to be a grandma. I suppose it could happen possibly sooner rather than later. How soon, I don't really know. I just imagine that having grandchildren would be more fun because I can hand them back at the end of the day hahahahahaha

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  13. Sure deja vu indeed. How one knows and then some, as the body captures all and repeats when need be, or sees and remembers.

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    1. Yes, Pat.
      The remembering, yes the remembering. The body knows.

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  14. Beautiful. It’s amazing the power and strength our kids give us by just being...

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    1. it is Amazing. Nothing seems to test and reward in virtually equal measure as parenting does, I think.

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  15. That's beautiful. I think I'm not the only one to notice the really marvelous line, "This is how you know that steam cleaning your favourite curtains will do nothing to the cobweb of doubts clogging up your bloodstream." That feels like exactly what we do when we try to use the trivial and every-day to distract ourselves from the important.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. It's a coping mechanism, it seems, and probably works to some extent.

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  16. This was quite thought provoking. I could feel the truth of it the entire time I was reading. Well done!

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    1. Thanks LG. It feels great to have that feedback.

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  17. This is how you know what is right and true and find inspiration from the child you love so dearly.

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  18. Hi, Adura,

    Very thought provoking and honest. Nicely written with it's repetition. This how you know you've written it perfectly...

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    1. Hahahaha thanks, Michael.
      Appreciate the feedback.

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  19. Oh this was so beautiful, Adura! Just loved it, it got to a deep place somewhere in the soul. Motherhood is deja vu in so many moments and so many ways, lovely and anxious and heart-stopping and heart-lifting.

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    1. Ah Nila, thank you so much.
      Glad it has this resonance for you.

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  20. Hi Adura - this was quite delightful ... a take on life that we need to remember ... so easy to be distracted ...

    "And you shed tears that remind you that this is life, just life ..."

    Wonderfully constructed and written for us ... loved it - cheers Hilary

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    1. So nice to hear from you, Hilary. Thank you.

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  21. Simple, honest, and elegantly written. Well done.

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  22. This is a deep, yet simple piece, with layers of heart. It's an important piece. Perhaps deja vu is just us trying to distract ourselves with trivial things. I love the reference to the relationship with mother and child. Beautiful piece.

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    1. Thanks Toi. The inter - relationship & connection of experiences maybe accounts for some deja vu episodes. I think it was Virginia Woolf who said in her book, Moments of Being: "that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that... all human beings... are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art..."

      To me, deja vu feels like that pattern in the work of art.

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  23. Lovely writing, great entry.

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  24. Lovely piece that really drags you in. And a great reminder of what's important.

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  25. But do I know that cleaning the curtains won't help? I'm not sure! I loved this take on deja vu. Nicely done!

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    1. It helps, and sometimes it doesn't, Joey.
      I suppose it depends on how badly we need a distraction at that point and knowing that we often find ourselves 'distracting' to save ourselves. It's in the knowing. Hahahaha.

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  26. It's funny what inspires us, but knowing what's important in our life is the secret of living well. Sometimes it takes a harsh life lesson and sometimes it's a little thing that we hear from our kids which reminds us.An interesting take on the prompt that gets us thinking, hmmmm.

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  27. I hear you, DG. The harsh lessons are as effective as the little things in learning what's important. Thank you.

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  28. Right in the feels with this one. Good work!

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