Wednesday, 20 April 2016


I wanted all the money in the world           
                                                       but I could not spend it or even give it away

Remember the monkey's paw

I wished to go back to the days when being a homemaker were valued
                         but I became a handmaid

He wanted to be the greatest musician who ever lived
          and so he died

She wanted to be forever young

Remember Dorian Gray

Poetry form: free verse

I decided to link the concept of this prompt with literature.
The following are the narratives considered.
All the Money in the World - Bill Brittain
The Monkey's Paw - W.W.Jacobs
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Linking to:
Imaginary Garden With Real Toads - When Good Wishes Go Bad...


Magaly Guerrero said...

Love what you did here, Gemma. A poem born of other art-filled tales. The line about having to give up life in other to be great feels particularly strong... and so does the image of Dorian Gray, when considering a face that wants to be "forever young".

brudberg said...

Always remember the consequences
Memento Mori still applies

Kerry O'Connor said...

Much wisdom to be found in the pages of fiction. I so like the way you set this out.

Marilyn Cavicchia said...

Oh, yeah, the monkey's paw ... there's always a catch, isn't there?

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Love the reference to Dorian Gray.. sigh.. brilliant write.

Ellecee said...

This is very clever and unique, the references speak to us,,,and we remember,,,,

Susie Clevenger said...

A wish granted has strings the words on your photo

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Excellent insights all!

De said...

Loved the linking of this to literature! I recognized some, and now want to read the others.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Very cautionary tales!

Hannah said...

Awesome combination of inspiration for this!

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