On Wednesday, during my afternoon seminar, we had the following writing prompt:
Take the phrase you want me to be and repeat it. Keep someone very specific in mind in terms of who you are speaking to. Tell them who you are instead of what they want you to be. Keep the images and descriptions strange and interesting to you.
The prompt comes from a poem by Alfonsina Storni, and it was interesting how many people in my class chose a parent as the specific person they were speaking to. I chose my own mother, who I had a complicated relationship with before she died. I wanted to share what I wrote, again in rough form, below. Feel free to share your work in the comments if you are inspired by this prompt!
You want me to be like my brother
Tall and confident, smart and wise
You want me to be extroverted
Comfortable in a crowd
You want me to be happy
To erase the shadows from my peripheral vision
You want me to be successful
But success has many definitions
And mine doesn’t match yours.
You want me to be with someone
That you find physically appealing.
But you’re so blinded by their outward appearance
You fail to see the ugliness on the inside.
You want me to be a cog in the machine
To follow a straight and narrow path
You want me to be a dreamer
But you keep dowsing my dreams with your reality
You want me to be popular
But you can’t see the value in being the wallflower
You want me to be shallow
Stillwater in a puddle
But I have depths you refuse to see.
You want me to be beautiful
But my beauty lies within my soul.
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