John Marsden Writing Topic #166

Nothing**

Decay and Downsize

Everything and everyone in this world

has a limited shelf life—

starts off in their prime,

rises and rises

eventually falls down the line

to the end of their life.

 

Movies—

built up in hype,

to see we pay overprice

we sit and we laugh (or cry)

we view and review

and they keep our minds anew.

Months later, released

to have for our own

and to enjoy in our home.

Time moves on,

the hype dies

labels change

and down goes the price.

The same happens with TV

but only on repeat.

Decay and downsize.

 

Phones—

created over time,

evolve and revolve,

our lives around them.

Unfamiliar,

we try to make sense,

on and off the hook,

and we change the look,

from Nokia to iPhone,

from button to touch,

from dumb to smart

basic, no longer needed

smart, the only way to succeed.

basic no longer valued.

Decay and downsize.

 

The human body—

born with so many possibilities

unknown infinities

we grow and grow

length and width,

make discoveries

good and bad

take pills and exercise

to try and constantly feel right

try not to die.

There are breaks and sprains

growing pains and eventual decays

but that’s the way it is.

Decay and downsize.

 

Everything and everyone in this world

has a limited shelf life—

starts off in their prime,

rises and rises

eventually falls down the line

to the end of their life.

Try not to think too hard about it,

Try not to feel depressed or sad,

it’s not good or bad

it’s just life.

Decay and downsize

and fade away.

 

Decay and downsize.

 

 

#I know this is a poem and not a short story, however I felt this poem was fitting to the topic as it talks about everything in life eventually decaying and downsizing and eventually fading away into nothing.

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

 

 

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