Split

You do you
I’ll do me
Her reflection
Now a stranger
To one she never knew
Was there ever a me
Or did it leave with you?

Dversepoets.com interesting prompt.

Your challenge today, should you choose to accept it, is to pick ONE of Hemingway’s quotes to be inspired by and write a poem. Do NOT use the quote in your poem, but please do include the quote on your post page somewhere, with Hemingway’s name as the source of inspiration. For bonus points, please say a few words about the experience of writing to an idea from the mind of Papa Hemingway.

I chose,

When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.
–The Garden of Eden (started in 1946 but published in 1986) Ernest Hemmingway

I neither read the book or saw the movie. So no bonus points for me.

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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13 Responses to Split

  1. Lucy says:

    This is so sad to me. It’s like when people take a little bit of us with them when they leave. We’re never the same person, and we change and we try to grow from it too. Beautifully, if not poignantly, written. I feel this could also describe when we lose a piece of ourselves to ourselves, that type of shame we may feel and when we look in the mirror, we may be the same but we’re not.

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  2. rothpoetry says:

    You are right … looking in the mirror these days is an outer body experience! Well done!

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  3. msjadeli says:

    It seems that those in relationship develop a self-in-union aspect with the other person. When both are resisting that aspect, I wonder if the union can last. By the same token, if one is expected to give up their sense of self as a sacrifice to the union, if the other leaves it can be devastating. Mary you didn’t have to read the work or see the movie, more to say what it felt like to write what you did (i.e. bonus points still available! 🙂 )

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    • Relationships are all so complicated, always unique. Thanks Lisa. I was turning the quote over and upside down, from the natural to the spiritual, and as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was a confrontation of both, so were my own inclinations. My thoughts are focused on extremities lately, and this so strangely fit. So, do I get a bonus point for all that? 🙂

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    • Relationships are all so complicated, always unique. Thanks Lisa. I was turning the quote over and upside down, from the natural to the spiritual, and as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was a confrontation of both, so were my own inclinations. My thoughts are focused on extremities lately, and this so strangely fit. So, do I get a bonus point for all that? 🙂

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  4. Ingrid says:

    I like the way you have framed this as an out-of-body experience.

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  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh this is so piercingly poignant!!

    Like

  6. Helen Dehner says:

    You packed so much, so much into so few words! Cheers ……..

    Like

  7. Outside of self you always run the risk of losing that part… as painful as an amputation

    Like

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