Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Knowing her competition
of mood du jour,
she could not resist
the spotlight’s allure.
Aghast at her failure,
no call for encore,
she hid behind
a double-locked door.
She could never outdo
another one’s win.
She’s a self-made winner 
with a counterfeit spin.

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Quote prompt:
"When they discover the center of the universe,
a lot of people will be disappointed to discover
they are not it."   ~Bernard Bailey


  1. That self-image thing can be a double edged sword.

  2. Wonderful poem. And yes, I know a few humans who will be sadly disappointed when they realize they are not the center of the world.

  3. I love that quote and I know quite a few people like that. They think the world revolves around them.
    They are in for a rude awakening, the poor souls.


  4. Great job with this one, my friend!

  5. I think I'd feel better about my lack of success if I were one of these people who could be a legend in my own mind. Alas, I'm sadly very aware that I'm an utter failure.

  6. Sounds like there is more to the story there. Would be a very interesting character exploration. Where did that self image come from? What shaped it? Fascinating.

  7. For some not being the winner is like a death. For them any failure is the end not a stepping stone to success. Your poem is an example of the waste of that kind of thinking. Thanks for sharing with In Other Words.

  8. You're painting a pretty sad, but also pretty common picture with your wonderful words. Time to ponder...