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For Heather Hubler's 'Unscramble' Challenge - Weightlifter

By Kendall Defoe Published about a month ago Updated 27 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
Photo by Javier Santos Guzmán on Unsplash

My Word: Weightlifter

The Challenge:

“To lift is a gift,” he thought. Life only goes around once and you cannot wilt while the wheel turns and you just flit from… He had to focus on the weight that he added to the tree of iron surrounding him.

“As you grew, you flew away from that old life…”

He handled this one well, this private fight on top of this tile right in this gym. There was a rift between what he was and the tiger he saw in the floor-to-ceiling mirrors. But now, another challenge to weigh; another reef crossed now between old and new…

Grit your teethfilter out that pain…”

Where could he take it…?

He placed his hands on the bar (it felt light)...

What was he trying to forget…?

He began to flex...

The metal began to take flight.

(22 words used)

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Short StoryStream of ConsciousnessPsychologicalMicrofiction

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Kendall Defoe

Teacher, reader, writer, dreamer... I am a college instructor who cannot stop letting his thoughts end up on the page.

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  • Paul Stewart27 days ago

    Congrats on placing in the challenge. Not surprised at all!

  • Congratulations on placing in Heather’s challenge ✅

  • Cathy holmes27 days ago

    This was really well done. Congrats.

  • D.K. Shepard27 days ago

    Great micro! Such intentional choice in how you incorporated each word!

  • Sandra Matos27 days ago

    Congratulations on a well-deserved win!

  • Heather Hubler30 days ago

    Wonderfully clever!! I loved how it all felt like such a struggle and what should have been the hardest part at the end, was what made you take flight. Loved this entry!! Congrats on TS!

  • Excellent challenge entry & well deserved Top Story! You wove the unscrambled words in effortlessly… just like the weightlifter dealt with the weights… Sadly, weights are definitely not my favourite part of exercising!🥺

  • The Writer about a month ago


  • Martha Agnesabout a month ago

    Creative minds are constantly comparing and spinning and riffing. I am utterly fascinated by improv! I watch certain shows on telly just to require my mind to stop it for a while! BTW: I published the sweetest little sonnet. Because a quirky little sonnet that you posted attracted my attention, I'd like you to read mine. I wrote it while living in a lovely antebellum cottage in Summervillle, SC--in the pines, in the pines...18 miles inland from the harbor.

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    Soooo good!

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    👏👏👏 Felt like it was me. Great effect and Congrats, Kendall!

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Congratulations on your top story.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Mark Gagnonabout a month ago

    Interesting that you picked up on where your mind can go when lifting heavy. Are you a gym rat like me? Congrats on TS!

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Oh, very well done, sir! congrats on Top Story, Kendall! and an awesome entry into the HH's challenge!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Oh wow, this was such a powerful story! I loved it!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Terrific entry into Heather's challenge!!! Love it!!!❤️❤️💕

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