The prompt was “Lost and Regained,” which fit well with the random card of the day, the Eight of Swords. This is a card of helplessness because of a past failure or humiliation. Ones hands become tied because of ones own decisions. That led to the idea of freedom and restrictions that are placed on us, and those we place upon ourselves.
The past often haunts those
who think they’ve left it behind,
like the mermaid whose tail appears
when someone unkindly throws a bucket of water on them.
The jack-in-the-box that pops up
always startles, even when we know
exactly when it’s due.
So parents and other well-meaning folk
put safety restrictions on us,
keeping us from experiencing anything
When we’re adults we shrug them off
and laugh in our freedom
until we realize how scary
adulthood really is.
We replace the bars ourselves,
for safety’s sake,
until one is able to say,
“It’s impossible, I have these bars
that keep me secure,”
nevermind that they were placed
like swords to warn off intruders
and all they really do
is keep one helplessly