The Key to the Treasure

I grabbed the nearest book: Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish. I’m about ten pages from the end, but I picked up the book and opened to a random page in order to complete today’s Daily Prompt.

Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

The tenth word on the random page i opened was “key.”

I was disappointed.

But also determined to complete the prompt. Google images produced a somewhat ordinary, but dirty old brass key at the top of the results page. I studied it.

Nothing.

I zoomed in. Stared at the grooves and tried to feel inspired.

Nothing.

I closed my eyes and meditated on the key.

Still nothing.

What did the key open? What was behind the locked door? Inside the sealed box?

Zzzzzzz…

Finally, I stopped trying to feel inspired — it’s the end of a long day after all,and my kids are begging me to read them bedtime stories already.

I decided to just follow the directions:

“Write about what the image brings to mind.”

So here goes:

A key. Another
mystery awakening
my humility.

What does it open?
Perhaps it doesn’t matter.
This time, just a key.

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13 thoughts on “The Key to the Treasure

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  3. A lot of times it feels like I have the key, but I don’t know what it opens. This is reminiscent of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The answer to “Life, the Universe, and Everything” is 42, but what is the question. Maybe it is just a key, the lock long destroyed.

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