Guess Who

I will come to you in your darkest hour and hit you when you least except.   I will weigh you down by imagined troubles and your liveliness I shall steal.

I will arrest you with lethargy, dampen your spirits and strike you by indolence.

I will visit you in disguise.   No pills, no therapist will assist.  Your hands will lay idle and the less you do the lazier you will become. You will sit and stare and cease all actions.  Your movements will be sluggish and then I shall conquer.

The more you sleep the sleepier you will be.  You shall be distressed by unexplained sadness; depressed until you become nihilistic. “What is the point?” you will ask.  And you will stop trying, sit and rest.

And I will smile knowing that I have been victorious.

For I am me and you are you. Weak, weary and sad.

Who am I?

I am one of the seven siblings, but which one you will have to guess.

Irrelevant of the piece above, do you ever get those days when no matter how hard you wreck your brain the page in front of you remains white and unblemished?  Well today was one of those days for me.  I have really struggled with this challenge.  The Trifecta prompt was:

Idle: a) shiftless, lazy

b) having no evident lawful means of support

…and I think it has induced some form of Karma because even the internet connection went bust for a few hours!

30 comments on “Guess Who

  1. Patti says:

    Sounds like Sloth to me. Of course, if you mean those other seven siblings, I guess it could be Sleepy. Clever write.

  2. Stacie says:

    I’m not sure but I don’t like this sibling at all!

  3. yerpirate says:

    It WAS a tough prompt!

  4. jwilliams057 says:

    I will agree with sloth, but I would describe it as depression. That’s exactly what depression feels like when it hits.

    • Sandra says:

      The idea behind this fictional piece is to paint Sloth as one of the Devil’s children; afflicting an innocent being with the vice of laziness but in reality, from what I have seen when depression hit a close member of my family, lethargy and involuntary prolonged idleness where the main symptoms that alerted us to that relative’s condition.

      So yes this is depression, but painted fictionally as a side affect of Sloth.

      Thank you for your comment and bringing this to light.

  5. deanabo says:

    This is a hard place to be. You wrote it well.

    • Sandra says:

      Thank you ma’am! 😉 Yes this is hard, especially when you see it affecting a person who is usually so lively and hardworking; it eats the person alive.

  6. awriterweavesatale says:

    i struggled too. I don’t know why. I had trouble getting the meaning right….

  7. Love this post! Sounds a lot like depression to me too. Perhaps depression disguised as sloth – or maybe sloth disguised as depression?. I love Patti’s comment above.

  8. Annabelle says:

    Sloth has never sounded so menacing!

  9. atrm61 says:

    Amazingly written:-)To me it could be something a wicked witch would chant to make one powerless ;-)Ofc,i think Sloth looks cute,lol!

  10. Draug419 says:

    Very interesting.

  11. jannatwrites says:

    Sloth is a sneaky thing. I swear as I read this, I felt lazier and lazier as I read this. Nicely written.

    Oh, and I agree that this prompt was a difficult one.

    • Sandra says:

      I felt lazier as I wrote! It took me all afternoon in fact, going back and forth with the right words failing me the whole time. I think I created a real monster!! 🙂

  12. Aw, but I love me some sloths!

    and being lazy can be fun too! 😉

    I agree though the depressed and lifeless lazy is horrid beyond compare.

  13. dk says:

    Oh, I’m there quite a bit. And I really struggled with this prompt as well, for the same reason. Good work though.

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