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This week’s writing prompt for the Shapeshifting 13 writing challenge is the word, marooned.

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Why can’t it be like it was in the beginning?

 

You and me

So young and

happy and in love.

We were a team and

had each other’s backs

before the secret phone calls and

all the fighting and

heartache and girlfriends

boyfriends and lies

broken dreams and yelling

black eyes and broken bones—

bruises on our hearts

and broken on our faces.

Before the eviction notices and cheap motels

bourbon, weed, and meth,

jails and half-way houses and

counselors and therapists, marooned

in treatment centers and

out-patient programs…

and especially before that

mean slab of stone

in the cemetery.