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Leavin’ It Behind (Carrot Ranch)

May 2, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

April 29, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “hit the road, Jack.” You can interpret the phrase any way you like — road trip, goodbye, or story. Go where the prompt leads!

Leavin’ It Behind

At 18 I’d heard “Hit the road, Jack” more than I cared to remember. It was as funny as being asked about my beanstalk. Or if my last name was O’Lantern.

It’s interesting what we do to rid ourselves of sad thoughts.

Like thoughts of love.

Years later, with the liquid chords of Chuck Berry’s steel guitar echoing through my head I walked east on US212. My backpack comfortable on my denim covered shoulders; the morning sun pushing me west.

Left arm out, thumb up.

A deep feeling, yes, indeed.

Sometimes, friend, it’s good to leave it all behind.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2021 12:12 am

    Fishman! Great response to the prompt!

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  2. May 5, 2021 10:53 pm

    Great writing, Michael. I love how you used this transition: “It’s interesting what we do to rid ourselves of sad thoughts.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 6, 2021 12:25 am

    A great soundbite and a vivid response. You paint him well on that road.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. May 6, 2021 6:10 am

    A bit of hopeful melancholy…well done!

    Liked by 1 person


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