Where do you go when you have nowhere to go?

Wonder - Spectre of the Brocken - Ran Kime

Where do you go when you have nowhere to go?

Home, once a sanctuary, now a dilapidated haven. 

The passage of time, like overgrown weeds, weaves a chaotic scene within these once-hallowed walls. 

The floors buckle to splinters, paint chips fall like forgotten memories, the faucets cry tears.

The basement haunts forgotten laughter from the ghosts of days past.

In the hall, dog hair gathers like tumbleweed, 

a testament to the life within these walls. 

The window screens, caked with years of pollen and disregard, also bear witness to the neglect that envelopes this place.

Where do you go when you have nowhere to go?

The struggle feels palpable. 

A paradox that captures the essence of youth and age. 

My heart beats with youthful exuberance. 

Yet my body and soul carry the weight of the years, 

an intricate dance of contradictions.

The counsel of fermented genius urges release, 

imploring me to savor the fleeting moments. 

Memories flicker of a lunchtime encounter with a man who clocked out years before.

The silent procession of conformity as they file back into the burning building, 

a collective hush.

Why this conformity? 

Is it an innate gene or a learned behavior? 

Are they trapped in a soulless quagmire, 

Perhaps lost in the mundane rhythm of existence? 

Should we leap atop the statue together, 

and deliver an improvised eulogy to shatter the monotony? 

How can we help those trapped in their monotonous routine?

Where do you go when you have nowhere to go?

Where has the fun gone? 

The spontaneity? 

The wonder—lost in the relentless march of time? 

If this is where I’ll be for the next forty years,

God help me!

Wonder: This story can be found in the collection “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the Observer”

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.