Beggar in the Sand

My senses have been at sixes and sevens since the birth of memory — hearing what I feared, tasting what I couldn’t see — it even earned me my BA (Hons) in Underachievement at Dropout University.

But I reckon my sense of self is pretty rumpled now — like a parched beggar blind beached and teased by the sea — perhaps this timely thirsty reminder of mine will help dig him out. I’ve been taking empathy courses, and delivered some canapés (well past their sell by date), and some hors d’oeuvres of the future. Careful not to overfeed him, lest he be sick of the hereafter.

My beggar has been left in a thirty-year sterile season. I really should take more care, build a shelter, have a chat, take a change of light and clothes, and comb his hair. Look at his face, like a cactus drained of rain, sleeping sallow in the mirror. It would be a shame to wake him now and rudely rob me of my companion in the sand.

But I rope in some community volunteers, and with advice from professional overseers, I wake up the beggar. And, I’m embarrassed to say, cast him with some new clothes; ‘Go on, shoo, off on your way.’ Out of sight, out of mindless stupor, that’s what they say.

Now this is the part where I exclaim, ‘I feel better, now my beach is clean, and I can swim in the sea!’ But the truth is, I miss my beggar, the sands blow guilty without him, so now I lie down and take my thirsty place in his wallow.

Please don’t wake me now — leave it till tomorrow.

© 2017 The Wasted Love Song
In response to daily prompt: Timely
Image: Chia, 2014 by Maurizio Agelli / CC BY


7 Replies to “Beggar in the Sand”

  1. It would be a shame to wake him now and rudely rob me of my companion in the sand. – sounded like a pity party and the last guest refused to leave. I love the dry and sometimes sarcastic humour is used to allude to a deeper meaning.

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    1. Thanks. I was thinking of the fear in disturbing the familiar, approaching a neglected side of ourselves, however unpleasant it may feel, that deserves some understanding too in order to be whole.

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      1. i felt it could be sort of an alter ego of ourselves too, the part of our conscience even, you detail the different parts of a personality so well. I find the more we spend with ourselves the better we get to know ourselves. I have been reading The Four Agreements, have you heard of it? . It’s been helpful to me to put things into perspective, I have been so overwhelmed recently with a lot that has been happening around me, I needed something to ground me, this was a lovely read. Lovely Easter weekend to you my writing friend!

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      2. Well, sometimes I feel the more I learn the less I know, but that’s how it is, we are always learning. Sometimes we think we’ve got it sussed when we’re nowhere near — they call it the Dunning–Kruger effect. I haven’t heard of the book but will look it up. Glad it’s of help to you. Have a good weekend too!


      3. I haven’t heard of that effect but I agree with the more we learn the less we know. I think I am so smart sometimes I end up hurting the people I care for the most with my “intelligence” thinking I know everything about them. So yes that book has been helping me to not be so intelligent when dealing with people and just take things as they are not trying to figure everyone out. the less I know the more I can be free is more like it now! Stay cool friend!

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