The Door to Nowhere ----Billybuc Writing Challenge

"The Door to Nowhere" ...O yes...that had possibilities. Thank you, Bill, for tossing an idea our to get us thinking and doing....

Here is the link to his article...

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/A-Writing-Challenge-The-Door-to-Nowhere

The door reminds me of a stairway to nowhere that my Momma and Daddy and I passed each time we drove from Deltaville, Virginia, through West Point, Virginia, on our way to Richmond. Out in the marsh, just this side of the stinky pulp mill, stood a massive, iron stairway to nowhere ...no one seemed to know how it came to be there but it was a topic of conversation each time it came into view.

There it stood.. Bill Holland's photo
There it stood.. Bill Holland's photo

On a Quest

Was it only yesterday?

It cannot be so

We traveled thousands of miles

In ramshackle cars, on the Bullet train, in planes, on ships

Relentlessly searching

Longing for that which we did not possess.

Deciding What to Do

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”

~Lemony Snicket

Yearning Still

Cheerless faces faded in and out

The frenzied hands on our timepieces seemed unhinged

Causing time’s passage to spiral out of control

Yet, we were bereft. NO thing had soothed our yearning. For more. For whatever they had ---that we did not.

Down by the sea were all of the yesterdays that had filled our lives...
Down by the sea were all of the yesterdays that had filled our lives... | Source

And It Came to This...


We ran into our selves as we came full circle

Was it only yesterday that we opened that door

That door we thought led to no where?

Skillfully it was placed there

It was the key

Therein lay the answer to all of our questions

We only had to come full circle to understand.

Every Hands a Winner, Every Hands a Loser

Emptiness...

Each new day held unfulfilled promises

that seemingly lead to all of the dreams and hopes that we held so dear.

We rushed out, passed others, climbing over them on the way…

Certainly we would escape the emptiness

That we did not even know we held onto without ceasing,

Choking the very life from us and we were unaware.

Finding Love and Beauty


“When you feel lost turn towards love. Become a seeker of beauty in all things.”

~Bryant McGill

Just Ahead

Leaving behind, surely, a never ending

Void---

Just up ahead, around the next turn,

The PROMISE would be ahead soon…

And it was.

No Questions Answered

Was it only yesterday?

Was it just that moment ago

When we were so foolishly

Looking for every question to be answered, every path made easy

Every thing to bring us joy?

Could it be that we gave ourselves over to THINGS?

Maybe we had been asking the wrong questions since our journey began...

Surely we had been looking in all the wrong places, day after day.


Finding Ourselves

Was it only yesterday

When we, after all, awakened to discovery

Awakened as if from an endless sleep

And found that what we had so hungrily been seeking

Was right here all the time?

Was it only yesterday that we found ourselves?

Looking to the heavens as we searched....
Looking to the heavens as we searched.... | Source

It Was Here All the Time

No longer afraid to gaze at our reflection in that cracked mirror we once feared

No more would our days be filled with

Uncertainty

Finding that the things we had so selfishly grabbed

Would not fulfill the promise ….

A promise of calm, an end to seeking…

For we found it at last…and our souls are at rest.

It had been here all the time.

That door had led to SOMEWHERE after all.

Knowing When....

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.” ~Lemony Snicket

Know When....

As I began this challenge, the words took off and left me in their dust.

I was the vessel...the ideas and thoughts took over and wrote this for me. It really does not come from a place within me...as my experiences have not really lead me on this journey. Mine has been much different one.

No matter I suppose from whence it came.

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers came to mind as this writing unfolded.

'''Knowing when to hold 'em and knowing when to fold 'em, knowing when to walk away and knowing when to run..: Yes,we would all do well to learn that...

"Knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep."

It just works for me.

Paying attention. Value what is right before us.

Keeping the best of the best in our lives and allowing anything else to be left behind.

© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Nice to see you again, Larry ....I enjoyed writing this so much. I held the image of the stairway to nowhere that we used to pass on the way to Richmond in my mind and I think it spurred me on.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

This was an especially creative response to this challenge. Great job!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


pstraubie48 profile image

pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Frank for stopping by and for the vote.

I guess this one came easily to me as many doors have opened and closed and some seemingly were leading nowhere but alas, they did.

And often they lead me back to where I had begun which in most cases was not a bad thing

Sending you many Angels this morning ps


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

this is an excellent response to the door to nowhere Ive read a few and this one takes the cake voted awesome :)


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Glad I found you too...

Yes, through the years doors to nowhere really were not that at all for me.

New horizons waited just beyond that seemingly pointless opening.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

ps, this is an excellent reply to Bill's challenge.

There are lots of doors in this life.


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

I'm so glad you found me on HP. I love this and can relate. Thank you. Beautiful indeed...


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks colorfulone...it is fortunate too I believe...that many doors are available to us...choices are a good thing.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are right, tobusiness. Choosing is tricky..but once the decision is made then finding a way to make sense of it is next. Sometimes it means closing the door and going to a new one.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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tobusiness 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Great response to this challenge, choosing which door to enter is not always easy, but once comitted, it's best to hold on tight and enjoy the ride. You've done a wonderful job with this.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So very nice of you to stop and read. This is one of the best challenges yet I think.

Billy 'did good.'

I just think back and think of the doors that I may have lead to nowhere but eventually did lead to a place I needed to be.

Angels are on the way to you Genna ps


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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

With years, hopefully comes wisdom to make more savvy choices, and to know those doors to leave closed while seeking others. Beautifully written, and an excellent response to Bill's challenge.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

For me I have found door lead somewhere every time ...I did not always know just where at the time until I stepped through.

Good point.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

It seems like we often don't know where the door leads until we try it.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

It certainly does take wisdom and maturity (love that word :D When does that happen?) Thank you for your votes and share

and many Angels are on the way back to you I am Nini today...daughter is at oncology and cardio. ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes when we declutter we often find wonderful relics and photos to slow down our progress.

Angels are on the way Blossom.

ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you Paula for your kind words....Don't you love it when the words create for you? that is what happened here.

Angels are on the way to you again ps


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BlossomSB 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Very good! And so useful, too. At the moment I'm trying to clear out cupboards and get rid of some of that clutter - trouble is, I keep stopping to enjoy photos and letters from years ago!


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Knowing what to keep and what to purge from our lives sometimes takes some wisdom and experience. Nice flow of thoughts with regard to Bill's challenge. Up votes and will share. Sending good thoughts and legions of angels your way!


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

ps.....Your creation to bill's challenge has taken my breath away.......How totally brilliant! UP+++


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Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

It's simply awesome, Patricia. You have done it so differently and so well. I was searching for something like this among those many read by me till now. I appreciate you very much for doing so well in your own style.

Voted up and awesome.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you tillsontitan

I so appreciate your votes

Writing this was just just about getting out of the way and letting the Muse guide my hand.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That is ,so true , bravewarrior. Searching high and low only to discover there it was right where we began.

Thanks for visiting Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Eric You know I like to know the 'backstory' on the writings of others so thought I would add it. Glad you found it interesting.

thank you for stopping to read.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you breakfastpop

I appreciate your votes and comment.

It was an interesting journey to embark on

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I know I have too Rachel. But have learned that my family and friends are really the focus of my life. Thank you for visiting

Angels are on the way this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice of you to stop and comment.

It was a story that must have been waiting for its day

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Emese Fromm 22 months ago from The Desert

This is so beautiful. I enjoyed reading it.


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Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

You wrote something that made me think. "Could it be that we gave ourselves over to things?" I think sometimes we do and forget what's really important in life. Thanks for making me think.

Blessings to you.


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breakfastpop 22 months ago

You certainly rose to the challenge and did an outstanding job. Voted up, beautiful and awesome!


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

Wow! You definitely ran with the challenge. We need to "seek and we shall find" and you've said it so beautifully and deeply. Lucking for us these beautiful words flowed!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. "It was here all the time"!


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

This is just beautiful. Very wise words to live by. Sometimes we look so hard for what we think we need or want that we don't see it's been here all along.

Absolutely exquisite writing!


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Sparklea 22 months ago from Upstate New York

Patricia, voted up and awesome...I was following you the whole time on your profound journey...felt like I was gasping with impatience at the time, because your presentation brought out so much emotion in me! Then your spectacular ending that wrapped it all up: Knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep...pay attention, knowing what is of value to us, and finally drum roll, KEEPING THE BEST OF THE BEST IN OUR LIVES AND ALLOWING ANYTHING ELSE TO BE LEFT BEHIND. Bravo to you, so excellent and inspirational. God bless, Sparklea :)


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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

What a treat. I will take what I already have any day. Thank you for adding the part about how it came to you. Very interesting indeed.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Ann Just want you to know that I received both comments and thank you thank you


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Ann... I do get the whole disappearing comment thing. I got the message this time and thank you so much for stopping.

Angels are on the way to you and yours this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rhonda It came to mind, the Gambler, that is as the words fell onto the screen.

Thank you for visiting today Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O how cool is that...Many trips through West Point as a child. So nice to

have you stop today

Angels are on the way to you and yours this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Theresa

You are so kind to make such comments. I know that sometimes we humans look in the wrong places for what we seek and then we find that it was right here all along :D

Love to see you stop by....sending you and your many blessings and Angels this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for your meaninglful comments, Bill. It was a great topic and lent itself to a story unfolding right before my eyes

Angels and blessings returning to you and yours, my Friend. ps


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annart 22 months ago from SW England

I left a comment but maybe I didn't hit 'post'; it has been known!

Such a great hub. Yes, we should all be aware of what we have in front of our noses and how wonderful life can be, as well learning from the 'downs' of our experiences.

A great take on the Bill's challenge. Lovely!

Ann


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca thank you for visitng...it just came out on the screen as if needing to be seen and read.

Angels are on the way this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That is true DDE and sometimes we do not even know

what we looking for.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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DDE 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have created a beautiful hub on this challenge. Sometimes life can be so not what you want.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England

Amen to your wisdom! This is an excellent response. We all need to look at what's around us and what we have. Sadly, some don't have anything much but remaining positive and taking opportunities helps.

You've done a brilliant job here.

Ann


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Rhonda Lytle 22 months ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

I enjoyed this very much. The gambler component was a great addition.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

This is really good and I know exactly the town that you speak of. We hve been through it a couple of time and please make sure your windows are up!

Our wants and our needs are two different things, but eventually we always get what we need.


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

Profound insights to life you have shared here dear, PS! Beautifully expressed in your powerful words here. Yes, I wonder what drives us to seek for "better" in this life, when it was there all along, if we just take the time to seek the beauty in front of us.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Peace, blessings and many Angels your way, sweet woman!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a great poetic response yo Bill's challenge Paula. I love Kenny Roger's "the Gambler" too, fits perfectly. Wow so many responses to read. Well done, voted up.


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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

There are so many exquisite images in your words, PS, that I can't single one out. I love the memory from childhood of the road trips, and how that led to reflections about life. If anyone wants to look inside the mind of a writer, this would be the perfect way to do it. Like you said, you just got out of the way and let creativity flow.

Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge. You did a wonderful job.

Blessings are winging their way to you

bill


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rebeccamealey 22 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

So deep, ps. It reveals a side of your writing that I haven't seen before, and it is beautiful.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You know Audrey even though my journey has been different, I have found that is true ....

Thanks for visiting and for your kind words.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Sometimes, what we want and need is right in front of us--lovely response to Bill's challenge!

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