Past imperfect

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Buddha


Confess your imperfections, write them on a wall for all the world to see. Use big, bold strokes, in brutal black paint, where it cannot be ignored. Admit to every flaw, every shortcoming. Reveal your darkest lies and faults.

Yet… leave it unsigned.

Watch as the world passes by, watch as they read your words and see your images. Listen as they speculate about who is the author of these admissions, listen as they speak the names of those they believe are guilty.

Yet… you are not among the accused.

No one recognizes you. Only you see these perceived failings.

The 100 Word Challenge is to tell a story in only 100 words. This week’s theme is ‘Wall’
Inspired by the Studio30 Plus prompt “Imperfect

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

14 thoughts on “Past imperfect

  1. Yikes! Guilty as charged. We women (especially) do judge ourselves negatively, I think, even when others don’t. Excellent piece and word choices. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This was a really impressive way of expressing the way that people see things differently. The people who guessed, were carrying their own reflections of life as they saw it, as the observer unsigned, you could become comfortable with the flaws, while recognizing that the passers by found a way to do the same within themselves.

    Nice job Tara.


  3. I recently saw this video on Facebook where a police sketch artist sat with a woman and without seeing her, drew her as she described herself. Then the man would draw the same woman based on findings of someone who had met her earlier that day. All based on looks. The results were shocking. Most of us see ourselves in the shadows and others view us in the sunshine. It’s amazing and your piece here reminded me of that. I’m over here from Studio30 Plus, where I’m a newbie. Nice to “meet” you.


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