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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)

TITLE: Like a Fish out of water
By Jean St. Juste
10/30/13


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LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER

Awkward, uncomfortable, unusual, difficult; It is how I come to an understanding of the idiom “like a fish out of water”. It is commonly assumed that most people are not at ease talking to strangers about personal experiences. However, when life stresses you beyond your comprehension and no one dear is close by, there seems to be this opening of self to anyone who would sit and listen. It is the event horizon of losing the restrictions that were once true to self; I would share very little with a stranger. The same idea that would at one time be awkward, uncomfortable, unusual or even difficult now words flow from your lips because the desolation of life’s experiences are at their deepest. The avalanche of dreadful thoughts racing through your mind with fears and anguish causes the flood gates to burst open and release you from your unusual stance. Some of the times we think we are like a fish out of water it is only because a stressor has not yet reveal itself to open the seal of our discomfort. Although we may feel like a fish out of water we soon breathe no longer through gills but through lungs birthed from the miracle of anguish because survive we must unlike a fish out of water.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 11/04/13
Wow - Powerful and moving. Your descriptive piece held my attention. Very well done and very deep.

God bless~
Amelia Brown 11/04/13
There is truth to your piece; when push comes to shove, we can sometimes over look our awkward situation and spill our guts.

This is my favorite line: "Although we may feel like a fish out of water we soon breathe no longer through gills but through lungs."