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Bench of Eden

Envious from simply listening

By Kalina BethanyPublished 3 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Bench of Eden
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“I need a bench”

“I know we do”

⪩ ⪨

Selfish versus connected

single mindset vested

in the gym

an attractive arena

to meet potential mates

whether soul or platonic

twin flame or best buddies

⪩ ⪨

“That was so kind of you”

Kind of me?

What else was

there to be

outright mean

after eavesdropping?

⪩ ⪨

I handed the bench

our dumbbells used for rest

while my friend stood in awe

at what became a great tragedy

⪩ ⪨

seeing the lack of humanity

in a kind doing of

overt and abrupt offering

simply acting a Being

after overhearing


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Thanks for reading this piece for sleepy draft's Terraria Night Sleepy Mission Vocal community challenge. After hearing a couple anxiously communicate their needs for a bench to complete their next workout at the gym I visit often, I was inspired to share the eavesdropping experience.

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knockabout a month ago

    Consideration of one (or in this case, two) becomes lack of consideration for another? Ah, the constant & considerable conundrum of the sensitive.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Loved it!!!

  • sleepy drafts3 months ago

    Oh, I absolutely adore this. "What else was there to be?" - I love this line, especially in this context. You perfectly articulated this moment of realization out in the wild. Nailed it!! 💓💗💓

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