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The Repo Man by Dale Innis

(A frightening thought for Halloween)

I’ve considered this before..
if all is merely rented here
(a truth that I’ve already seen)
then even my creativity
can be cancelled on the spot
and is subject to be sent elsewhere
if I don’t use it, when it comes to me.

If I put it aside until another day
another hour, a better mood
after I eat, or sleep or watch TV
but then some day, I could receive
a double knock upon the door
“I’m here to collect your creativity.
it’s obvious you don’t use it anymore.”

I believed, in error, it would still be there
tomorrow, or the next, forever and a day.
I presumed it exclusively mine to use,
or abuse; let the moss grow on my frontal cortex,
I never read the fine print clause in hindsight
“Your creativity is a gift given… but if you don’t
use it, you lose it and therefore.. all creative rights”

Karima Hoisan
October 30, 2022
Costa Rica

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17 Responses to Repossessed

  1. daleinnis says:

    Oooh, spooky in the very practical sense. 🙂 I really resonate with your thought that everything is just rented (contra the theory of intellectual property, ownership, etc. This is a great take on the scary aspects, for Hallowe’en.

    I do hope that the Muses will let one get aware with a certain amount of lazy breaks from creating, for my own sake. 🙂

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    • Yes a few lazy breaks I am pretty sure are permitted, Dale, or I would have had mine repossessed….many moons ago. Love your image and so glad you loved this frightening thought..Happy Halloween! 🧛🏻‍♀️ *bites you

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  2. menubar says:

    Creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised to reach its full potential.

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  3. Jeff Flesch says:

    That’s awesome, Karima. It is just like that too, when we don’t practice that which is being given, it does go away. A frightening, and sobering reminder. Have a wonderful coming week! 🙂

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    • Ahhh thanks so much Jeff, was a bit tongue in cheek but yes like Menubar says above, our creativity is like a muscle;it does need to be exercised…and it is truly a gift, never to be looked at as something guaranteed but always with gratitude and humility. You have a great upcoming week too Jeff! 🌹🧛🏻‍♀️🙏

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  4. marcdbaker says:

    Karima, …Our Creator would never serve a collection notice on your talent.
    So…Even a VAMPIRE has a heart ? Where ? Between their teeth ? FYI… I am back in French Polynesia Karima. Had to travel to California on personal business. Maybe I should just go away Karima. Do you concur ?
    Marc- your friend, I think, well maybe, not really sure. You are a bit ambiguous and confusing.
    Like the Ukraine situation.
    Marc, maybe, not sure of that either.

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  5. Marc, you seem to have grown very serious on your vacation…This was all in fun…Happy Halloween!


  6. swadharma9 says:

    thanks for the good reminder to always, always be grateful for the beauty, inspiration & positive expression that can make it through the multiple distractions of the outer & inner world into actual manifestation. the whole writing process is a bit of a miracle actually. it is certainly wise to appreciate it while it’s there, & to be faithful to that inner urge to express the urgent (yet ephemeral) somehow!

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    • Yes! and as always, I love how you say it:) I agree that the whole writing process like all forms of creativity is truly a miracle…and a gift..I believe our only “obligation” is to recognize it, use it and be grateful:) The repossession is just another word for prolonged writer’s block….and that can happen:) ❤️🤗🧛🏻‍♀️🎈

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      • Navin says:

        You both have said it so beautifully that I’m simply nodding my head & smiling…a beautiful poem, dear Karima…reminding us to be grateful for who we are & what we have in us to offer 💟


  7. johncoyote says:

    I enjoyed the tale dear Karima. The repo man, like Death. Can come when they will.

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  8. Yes exactly!! Thanks so much John, for reading it:)


  9. Poignant as ever! Creativity is in us but it also has this feeling of coming from a higher place. Enjoy it while it’s here. Enjoy the gifts you’ve been given. Thanks for sharing!

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