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Cheating Fate ~ a Dramatic Poem

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Word Prompts Help Creativity: Week 16 Word Prompt: "Fate."

Each week fellow poet and friend, Brenda Arledge, provides us with a new word prompt to inspire and encourage us in our writing journey. I often find the chosen word very challenging and really have to wrack my poor old brain to come up with something original. This week was no exception.

That said, I am forever grateful to Brenda for motivating my muse into action. Sometimes that is easier said than done, at least when I want it to happen. Anyway, here is my response to this week's challenge: "Cheating Fate."

This piece was, in fact, also inspired by the wonderful poem The Three Fates by acclaimed Australian Poet, Rosemary Dobson.

Image by sandid from Pixabay

Image by sandid from Pixabay

Cheating Fate

At the impact of the crash, he summoned the Moirai.

Was it ethical, even his right, to expect immortality?


The vehicle uncrumpled as it quickly reversed

unembedding itself from the tree trunk.

Bark and wood in turn miraculously back in place.


His head spun, as found himself back at home,

and he stared as the hands of his watch moved anticlockwise

as the day regressed towards morning.


He sat at the desk confused, as the pen guided his hand

right to left- bottom to top,

beginning at the end, ending at the beginning.


While each cup of coffee he tried to consume,

frustratingly, just made him sleepier

and the coffee pot, grow fuller.


Finally, he fell asleep, but his dreams were fitful.

When he awoke the day began, just like the one before.

And then - there was the crash -


The sisters looked down from above.

Some called them ‘The Three Fates.’

By John Melhuish Strudwick - John Melhuish Strudwick, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1212877

By John Melhuish Strudwick - John Melhuish Strudwick, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1212877

The Three Fates ~ The Moirai

Popularly called Three Fates, in Greek Mythology they were known as the Moirai. Their names were Clotho (Spinner), Lachesis (Allotter), and Atropos (Inflexible).

It was believed that the Fates would appear within three days of someone's birth to decide their fate. The three Moirai represented the cycle of life, essentially standing for Birth, Life, and Death.

Clotho spun the “thread” of human fate, Lachesis dispensed it, and Atropos cut the thread (thus determining the individual's moment of death).

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