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find me here. I’m trapped in a maze. Every turn, every path takes me to the center, where memory, like a ghost haunts me.
There’s a swinging bench by an old stone well. I hold one last quarter in my hand. The tinkle of bells rides like a hunter on a whispering breeze.
Time stands still while I pause, hand outstretched. Then, I let the coin fall.
I wish for you to
Thanks Rochelle for sharing this picture as a prompt this week.
This picture is from Chelsea Market in New York City, which had this maze-like feel to me, the low ceilings, narrow doors and the walls. So much fun to walk through. Also, I started reading Piranesi by Susannah Clark, a trippy book about a house/maze. It’s one of three books I have in rotation, including Alex Trebek’s memoir “The Answer Is…”, and a trilogy by this guy named Iain, who also writes Friday Fictioneers stories and will probably read this eventually.
In trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, we often link memories to certain events. In aversion therapy, you revisit the event over and over to put something good/neutral there, so your mind is no longer hyper-aware of the traumatic event. By linking something positive to a certain place/image, every time I see it, I reinforce the good experience. I can for example remember being in New York City a little over a year ago before the world shut down.
This memory helps me to remember that we will be able to travel freely again. This helps me to be a better person here and now.
It can be a good thing to keep a memory alive, by keeping it alive, by keeping it alive. After a while, it starts to feel like home. A home that lets you go other places too. ❤