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Hollow November 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Poetry.

When we can afford anything,
nothing has value

Instead we dwell in
hollow existences paved
with good intentions

Riding a roller coaster
from elation to despair

Losing our self in
hollow Pyrrhic victories

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Written for this week’s Trifecta challenge:

Write a 33 to 333 word post using the following word/ definition:

HOLLOW (adjective):  lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false, meaningless <hollow promises> <a victory over a weakling is hollow and without triumph — Ernest Beaglehole>

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1. seeker57 - November 27, 2012

I’m second, yah. Hollow, new vocabulary for me to learn. Want to play, love to play, i’ll go now seek. Good day and thank you.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

Enjoy the challenge, Seeker. Joining Trifecta might be a good way to break in your brand new blog.

2. Andra Watkins - November 27, 2012

The picture is just perfect for your words, Nancy.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

Thanks. I finished writing without having an image in mind. But as soon as I saw HER, price tag dangling ‘neath hollow cheeks, I knew SHE was the perfect spokesperson for vacuous consumption.

3. kgwaite - November 27, 2012

Lovely – Perfect opening line.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

Thanks. Value comes from weighing options and choosing between THIS and THAT. If we never have to choose, because we can have it ALL, the value drops to next-to-nothing.

4. deanabo - November 27, 2012

Terrific writing!

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

Thanks, Deana. I planned to do a short story about hollow promises, but as I rolled the word around my mind . . . The Queen of Versailles popped into view. And a poem was born.

5. kateshrewsday - November 27, 2012

I must remember your words the next time I wish I had won the lottery, Nancy.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

I like having to pick and choose and weigh options carefully . . . to make sure that I get good “value” for my time, energy, and money.

Too much money / too many options can be a curse in the search for meaning.

6. Don - November 27, 2012

T S Eliot wrote a marvellous poem called ” The Hollow Men.”

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

I shall track it down and have a gander later. For now, I’m soaking up the value of The Geography of Bliss neath azure skies.

7. ericjbaker - November 27, 2012

Darn it. I already used the “is that you?” gag on your totem pole image earlier in the week.

Speaking of affording things, you know what else is hollow? My bank account.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

That’s not me . . . it’s Joan Rivers. 😀

I keep my money in a hollow tree . . . guarded by elves, trolls, and dwarfs.

ericjbaker - November 27, 2012

You shouldn’t have told me. I know exactly the tree!

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

You can bribe the guards too . . . bring COOKIES! 😀

8. sufilight - November 27, 2012

Love the image, it fits very well with the theme of hollowness. 😀

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

She seems perfect to illustrate the idea of hollow pyrrhic victories. Price tag dangling. 😉

9. Adam S - November 27, 2012

You wrote this?

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

I did.

Adam S - November 28, 2012


nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Thank you. 😀

10. jannatwrites - November 28, 2012

So true. It seems like those with money never get ‘full’ of things…there’s always something more to get and it doesn’t hold interest long before the quest for something bigger comes along. Hollow indeed 🙂

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Some people have no shoes. If they get a single pair, they are truly grateful. In contrast, there are woman who have more shoes than brains. And they still want one more and one more and one more. Same goes for pocketbooks.

Each acquisition is acquired to satisfy a desire that will never be satiated. Each temporary “fix” for their addiction bolsters their self-image only long enough for the next desire to float into view.

They will NEVER be satisfied because they are using an external “status symbol” to fill an internal void. And life doesn’t work that way.

11. tori nelson - November 28, 2012

BAM! That first line is incredibly powerful. Just felt it deserved a sound effect.

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Thank you, Tori. That lead in line says it all . . . especially with your sound effect in place. BAM! The other words just got tossed in there to meet the 33 word minimum. 😉

12. sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 28, 2012

Yes! All you needed was the first line. She is sort of scary this morning.. 🙂

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

I wonder how many people reach the “finish line” and wish they could say, “Do over.” 😉

sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 28, 2012

Hmm. Have to think on that. My answer would vary from hour to hour.. 🙂

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

We get off-track so easily . . . swayed by public opinion and Ego’s insatiable desire for external accolades, applause, and approval. The closer we get to the finish line, the more likely we are to see that feeding Ego was not time well spent.

That said, I would not want to go back and do it all over again. If we didn’t distract ourselves with Ego’s concerns, how would we fill our days from cradle to grave?

13. Draug419 - November 28, 2012

Great observations in your piece (:

That Day of the Dead doll is a little…eerie lol

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

She’s got highly sought after cheekbones though. 😉

Thanks, Draug.

14. Stephanie B. (@B4Steph) - November 28, 2012

Pyrrhic victories – what a great take on the word. You’ve communicated quite a bit in so few words, like a punch! Well done.

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Thanks, Stephanie. This has been my favorite Trifecta challenge thus far ~ the MORE we get, the more apt we are to live HOLLOW empty lives.

15. Three Well Beings - November 28, 2012

I LOVE this, Nancy. First of all, it’s just so true. But I am certainly I’ve never used Pyrrhic victories in any written (or verbal) sentence, and it is such a perfect choice! You do so much with few words!

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Thanks, Debra. 😀

I doubt that I’ve ever used Pyrrhic victories before . . . but it popped into my head while writing this and decided to take up residence in the final line.

16. Lori McClure (@lorimcspeaks) - November 28, 2012

Definitely a timely message for a world that is overcome with endless consuming 🙂

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Thanks, Lori. I dedicate this poem to “The Queen of Versailes” and all the shallow folks in Hollywood getting plastic surgery. Ho~Ho~Ho!

And Hollow~Hollow~Hollow! :mrgreen:

17. KymmInBarcelona - November 29, 2012

a rollercoaster ride from elation to despair is a sobering image.
And yes, Joan Rivers. I see the resemblance.

nrhatch - November 29, 2012

Each “fix” for their addiction bolsters their self-image only long enough for the next desire to float into view. UP ~ DOWN ~ UP ~ DOWN.

With each “victory,” they lose more than they gain.

18. joetwo - November 30, 2012

Good one! I love the idea of “Pyrrhic Victories” in the conflict with ones self.

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Thanks, Joe. We don’t walways win, when we win.

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