The one who got away

What would you say to the one who got away? HT Oliver Blank from the Art Assignment for this awesome prompt.

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So many ‘ones’ that got away

Written by The DS106 Shrink on November 20, 2014 12:00 pm
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I am fascinated by this prompt. I read it and connect with a whole lot of emotions I cannot name. I feel the same as I read all the entries. I want to offer an answer, but cannot place an individual in my past I would label as ‘the one who got away’.

I connect more with the sadness of all we lose as we navigate life and only realise its value on hindsight. The one who got away. The job? The boyfriend? The house? The friend? Yes to all the above.

I realise I spend little time reflecting on the alternative paths this life could have followed. So, here is what I would say to all those paths that got away:

It could have been you but it was not.
It could have been that job but it was not.
It could have been that house but it was not.

Loss? Some might say yes.

I could have apologised but I did not.
I could have called back but I did not.
I could have let you win but I did not.

Loss? I say yes.

You said forever but it was not.
You said you’d help but you did not.
The emergency came but you did not.

So many ‘ones’ that got way.
So many more that will.
Just the bittersweet nature of choice in life.

You got away with it …

Written by Ronald on November 20, 2014 6:28 am
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Yeah, you got away … with it … for now … but I’l track you down, if it’s the last thing I do …

The Chance to Be Kind

Written by Cris Crissman @cris2b on November 19, 2014 11:16 pm
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You were cruel to people who wouldn’t stand up to you. Boisterous and loud. Often crude.
But when I glimpsed you in Costco after years without contact.
I regret now that I had walked up, hugged you, and wished you well.
Treated you like a long-lost friend.
Thanked you for giving me the job that changed my life.

Or maybe told you what a jerk you had been and asked if you knew the pain you’d caused.

Instead I pretended I didn’t recognize you and walked right by.
I saw your smile fade. Your head drop. Your realization that you had been snubbed.

I am sorry. It was the last chance I had to be kind.

Rest in peace. I hope you can.

To the one who got away….

Written by John Meadows (theJphys) on November 19, 2014 9:06 pm
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I would say that for a long while I thought you were the one and that I had missed out. Then I found the actual one, and for 10 years now I have been truly happy. Really, truly happy. So I guess, in summary, I would say “Thanks…thanks for leaving.”

The One Who Got Away

Written by Maggie Stough on November 19, 2014 5:51 pm
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We’ve been orbiting each other for years, eclipses here and there. We’ll always have sophomore year and the time I taped a box of Milk Duds to your door as part of a running joke. But I know there are plenty of fish in the sea and plenty of ships in the bay.

The One Who Got Away…

Written by Kevin Le on November 19, 2014 5:47 pm
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I just basically missed my chance in possibly gaining the greatest thing that could have ever happened to me. Oh well. I guess that how life works apparently.

The last one

Written by Alison Thoet on November 19, 2014 3:28 pm
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You were the one that got away. The others, brown, red, green and blue, they stayed in their place until I could pluck them away, one-by-one. But you, the last yellow, you fell out of the bag and slipped through my fingers, rolling away into the hidden depths of the movie theatre floor. Goodbye, last yellow M&M, you were the one that truly got away.

The one who got away

Written by Ryan Lacey on November 19, 2014 1:14 pm
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I thought you were the one who got away a long time ago. Now I realize I am better off. I have time for my friends, work and family. I am well hopefully you are too.

He Got Away

Written by Byzantiumbooks on November 19, 2014 10:00 am
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He drop out of college
He got away

He move ‘cross country
He got away

He wrote computer code
He got away

He start Microsot
He got away

He got billions dollars
He got away

He left Microsoft
He got away

He still got billions dollars
He got away

The One Who Got Away…

Written by Jeff Lundberg on November 19, 2014 8:06 am
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I’m enjoying life so much more now.

No One Gets Away

Written by @iamTalkyTina on November 19, 2014 7:29 am
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Well, isn’t it a little bit of a presumption to say that there IS a one that got away?

Because for me, that just doesn’t happen. I am very caring and professional when I have a mission. So they don’t get away.

Plus, it is their own fault. So, Justice.

Bye for now, True Friends!

The one who got away hiding as a horse

Written by Tiger Toes on November 19, 2014 5:25 am
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Getting away: the basic rules.
By: the one who got away

Getting away is by no means easy.
It took me years to build my practice.
First I felt the desire.
The desire to be like snow or mist.
The desire to be like wind.
I felt my body had deep inside
a lightness and an urge to fly
It wanted to shift shapes.
To be like a leaf, or a cloud.

I didnt know what to do
Everyday I searched for ways
I stopped eating but I only became
terrible hungry and unattractive.
I entered sports, bungee jumping, ballet
but felt heavier all the time
I watched all flying things

with deep admiration

Then on a cold and dark morning
it came to me as a message
from some flying grandparent
far away

The message said

and so I got away.

Tiger Toes
the one who got away