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Closing the Door to Nowhere - Answer to a writer's challenge

Updated on December 3, 2016

Was it really only Yesterday?

Bill Holland (a.k.a. billybuc,) challenged his fellow writers to write a short story or a free-flow verse, write whatever we feel like writing, but we have to use the picture Bill provided, and we must begin with the sentence he provided.

The sentence: "Was it really only yesterday?"

This is my flash-fiction answer to “The Door to Nowhere”

Closing the Door to Nowhere

Was it really only yesterday? Or did the tragedy of that day make it seem that way?

Lucy had not returned home from going to the store for her mother. The store owner knew Lucy and her parents Clyde and Rosa and told the police that she talked to Lucy and sold her the items on the list, and that Lucy seemed scared and kept looking toward the door as if expecting someone to come in behind her. The store owner knew she should have looked out for Lucy and watched her walk the short distance to her home, but she was distracted and didn’t but, could not remember who or what the distraction was.

Just a year before she disappeared, at age thirteen Lucy had been raped and nine months later gave birth to a beautiful baby girl she named Sarah, it had never occurred to her to have an abortion.

After Lucy disappeared, Clyde and Rosa assumed the parental role of Sarah.

Was it really only yesterday?

Rosa had urged him to go and register to vote. Clyde replied, politicians are all the same, and my vote does not count anyway. It sure won’t if you don’t vote Rosa replied, besides we can’t afford a private school for Sarah, if that candidate from Louisiana becomes president, he wants to close all public schools, I haven’t heard how his closing the public schools in his state turned out when he became Governor of Louisiana.

It had been five years since Lucy disappeared and her daughter 5 year old Sarah’s eyes lit up like sparklers on the 4th of July, as she took in the conversation between her grandparents and the questions overflowed like a shook-up bottle of soda pop.

No school? Sarah piped in

No school? I don’t have to go to school? Vote for that one grandpa, I hate school; I want to stay here with you and grandma. Can I stay here with you and grandma? Please, please, please, can I stay?

Rosa answered her granddaughter’s questions. Child you have been living with me and your grandpa from the day you were born, and you have not started yet so how would you know you hate school?

Sarah: Eddie says the big kids pick on him and they will pick on me. (Eddie is the little six year old next door neighbor and has just started school. But, he would rather be playing outside in a mud puddle then going to school.)

Rosa: Eddie would rather play outside then learn anything, but he will be sorry one day. As she went on to explain the importance of a good education.

Clyde leaned back in the recliner, closing his eyes and listening to the conversation going on between his wife and his granddaughter and the sound of the rickety chair being dragged across the floor, and he wondered how they came to be in this building. This was one of the newer buildings and would be the last ones hit by the wrecking ball.

Was it really only yesterday the door to nowhere closed?

© by Shyron Shenko

Dragging the rickety chair across the floor

To peak out the tiny window in the door

Standing on her tippy toes

Questioned where this door goes?

Child, get down from that rickety chair

That’s the door that goes nowhere

Why is it there?

If it goes nowhere

Once it led to safety

In case of fire, we could reach the ground

But since the last election

The ground cannot be found

They gave our country to a pipeline

Now the toxic tar sand oil is leaking all around

Because the ones who won the last election

Has let our country down

Child I am telling you

If you fall, what will we do if you break a bone or two?

Your grandpa lost his job

And we have no insurance to take care of you

Oh my! What is that goo?

All over the chair, all over the floor, all over you

It broke and it is spilling out Sarah said

It is all around the house

They privatized our Social Security

Medicaid and Medicare too

They said we did not earn it

Though we still pay the dues

They privatized the USPS

That is when I really came unglued

It will cost me twenty dollars to Fed-ex

A payment for a bill or two

They privatized the IRS

They say that it’s been cheating me and you

And they want us to still pay our taxes

But, now we do not know to whom

They have ended food stamps and welfare

That fed the homeless adults and children alike,

Now its against the law to clothe, house or feed

The poor, the weak, the sick, or anyone in need

Rosa is telling Sarah how

The new crop of politicians

Want to change the rules

And why they want to close the public schools

Rosa arose to answer a knocking at the door

And a man began to shout

The wrecking ball is ready

You have just ten minutes more, and then you must get out

You want to throw us out

Into that toxic dirty tar sand oil

The man replied did you not know what you were voting for?

They did what they said they would do

Closing all your social programs

Everything that benefitted you

The rickety chair tilted Sending Sarah tumbling to the floor

Clyde jumped up from the recliner

And right away he knew, it was one horrid dream

And he headed for the door

Where are you going? Rosa asked, what do you intend to do?

Clyde replied, I am going to register to vote

Like you have asked me to!!!


The Golden Rule of the GOP....

He who has the Gold makes the Rules.............

— Unknown

© 2015 Shyron E Shenko


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      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am so glad this makes you think.

      Hope all is well with you also

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 18 months ago from North Texas

      Great hub to get one to thinking. Sharing this again.

      Hope all is well with you and John. Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Marlene, thank you for the compliment and comment, I truly appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You did a beautiful job with this assignment. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I weren't a voting person, it would certainly make me get up off my rear and get to the polls.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, thank for the comment, up votes and for sharing and pinning this. I really do appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Very interesting Shyron. Weird but interesting. I did not fully understand the end since I do not vote but it was written well. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.


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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo (tobusiness) thank you for the comment and compliment. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend, hope all is well with you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I thought I'd already read this, but I must have missed this amazing contribution to Bill's challenge. A great read from beginning to end. I love how you manged to include so many powerful messages here. Well done. My best to you always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, I have missed you, I am so happy to see you, thank you for the compliment and comment.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      If this piece dosen't make people go to the polls and vote for a democrat I don't know what will. Loved the story and poetry......

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Patty!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, compliments, thumb-up, pin and for sharing.

      I hope the democrats and Independents have come out of their apathy state of mind and realized the need to vote, if they wish to keep their independence.

      hope all is well with you. Take care, blessings and hugs.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Sporting event - that's right, like the Roman Coliseum. That's a good call.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Flourish, thank you for the comment.

      Yes so many people look at the political games as if it is a sporting event and not affect them and have no effect on their future.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patty, thank you for the comment, and compliment. I do appreciate you, more than you know.

      If as you said the most severe politicians win the election, we are doomed to lose everything we have as your patients did. Maybe even our lives. Reagan was an actor playing at being a president, and many a persons into poverty he sent.

      I am tired of the dirty politics, however if you do not stay turned on to politics, politics will turn on you, and me. And all our complacent voters. That is how they gained the both houses this passed election.

      So I will vote although I know it will not count, because of the Electoral College which is antiquated and no longer useful, and the corrupt Gerrymandering that some put over on some.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Larry! I truly appreciate the comment.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Good message in your story and poem. People so often. fail to realize the long term impact of their voting decisions.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Some politicians want to close all the doors and prevent God from opening any windows. But it is still His way and He will do it. You captured the coming changes under some conservative reigns if the most severe politicians win an election.

      The farthest right wing applauds Reagan for Reaganomics, but he threw my paralyzed patients off SSI, so they were paralyzed and homeless. Some fakers were thrown off SSI and SSDI, but my patients suffered and many nearly died.

      Under Reagan, Congress OK'd the plan to gradually raise full-benefits Social Security retirement age to 75. That is what awaits Generation Z and the younger part of Gen Y.

      Really, I am tired of extreme politics on both sides. But your poem captures the truth and useless suffering.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful story and poem.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, thank you so very much for the comment. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Bill, for the compliments, and comments, you don't know how much I appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Very good story! And an even better poem!! Yes, some people (and we know who they are don't we?) want to undo all the good programs people depend on in this country, like education, safety nets, Social Security, Midicare, the postal service, etc. Don't worry, for all their talk, the IRS is their most efficient way of fleecing us so they won't do away with it. Now that they've cut taxes for the wealthy (that includes themselves in more than 60% congress members cases), they don't need to do away with the IRS. They did away with taxes for the rich instead.

      Voted up and BAUI, pinned to Awesome HubPages, and shared.

      Hope all is well there. So hot even though the actual temp isn't that high. The THI more than makes up for the lower temperature. Never gets below 79 anymore. :( Take care . . .

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Such a great message here! Liked this a bunch!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate you taking part in the challenge, my friend, and you did an excellent job with it. Not only a story but poetry....this will be proudly displayed with the rest on my article.

      With gratitude