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tacocat  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: This Is What It's Like

This is what it’s like:

The music never stops,

Louder,

Faster,

Quieter,

Slower,

Constant.

You can pull the plug,

But you risk breaking the machine,

Which is already

Broken

It skips

The volume

The speed

The needle jumps

Off track

Broken..

The only control

Is to risk damaging

A broken device.

But it's yours

The only music

The only source

The only sound

It's yours and you make it work

Because you want to

Because you have to

Because

You have no choice.

And you get tired

Tired of the chore

Of working with

Of dealing with

Putting up with

Such a flawed mechanism.

Then

Someone

Hears it too

And wants to learn

To live with it

Together

And the music never stops

And the needle skips

And the loud

And the quiet

And loud

Become background noise

As you sit together

And listen

And love

The reliable unpredictability

Of the machine

And of life.