staring blankly ahead
numb, disengaged
numb to everything
everyone around her going on with life
as she sits and tries to breathe
rapid heartbeat
shallow breath
feeling so unsettled
unstable, the instability is the worst thing
she hears others voices
sees them in front of her
they try to engage with her
but she cant engage with them
she cant speak
for if she does
a torent of tears
will escape her eyes
slide down her face
why? why is she so sad?
haunted by memories
memories of horrible things
in her past
the memories, last
unable to stand them now
not for another minute
so she somehow starts to try
to distract
to engage her mind
as time ticks by
ever so slowly
and she ponders
is it going to be like this forever?

Homemade halloween costumes!

Another of Karens #whatif prompts, this one is from a couple weeks ago but I am going to still participate in it.

Today’s prompt:

homemade halloween costumes
Feel free to respond in your favorite way whether it be a poem, short story, photo, video . . however you best relate to the prompt. Simply post your ideas, create a ping-back and use the hashtag #whatif.

As a child all of my Halloween costumes were homemade. We never had a bought costume, not that I can remember. I pretty much always dressed up as a witch, years ago well I was born in the 80’s, but in the early 80’s all of the kids I knew either dressed up as a witch or a ghost, there wasn’t a lot of imagination put into costumes back then. We still had fun though. We were kinda poor, so mostly we wore black bags as dresses, you know like bags you’d use for rubbish? No one bought costumes, we did buy a mask though, but those were cheap, it wasn’t like today, where everyone wears make up and paints their faces. We had a witches hat, a black refuse sack, and maybe a mask, and we went trick or treating like that. Even when we would go trick or treating, we’d only get fruit, or monkey nuts, no sweets, or money or crisps like the kids get nowadays. I remember getting tons of apples, grapes, oranges, etc. And of course nuts, nowadays they don’t really give out fruit, or nuts. Due to allergies, nuts are pretty much a big fat no no nowadays. I also heard that the sweets they give out nowadays have to be wrapped, in case of poisoning, or some other mishap. Its gone pretty much over the top nowadays! But back to costumes. I prefer homemade ones. Do you? Was your Halloween costumes as a child homemade? Or did you have store bought ones?

You know, I did that!

You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening — everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, ‘I did that.’
Ricky Gervais

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