Deep yoga breaths; in through nose, hold, out through mouth.

Open eyes, take another look in bedroom mirrored glass. Darth Vader still returns stare.

Look down at spell scrawled on crumpled bar napkin.

How did enchantation go wrong? No Princess Leia here.

Reach for bleeping cellphone. Tinkerbelle Lighter tweet: “Should’ve used Wookie book, honey.” Anger replacing fear. “Bitch.”

Cockburn singing “trouble with normal is it always gets worse.”*

Damn. Dark side taking over mind now.

Set GPS for Death Star.

mlmm writing prompt June 4, 2017 story elements; use words in order. image: pixabay.com (G5B7)

*Bruce Cockburn, The Trouble with Normal, 1981, album 1983

Strikes across the frontier and strikes for higher wage
Planet lurches to the right as ideologies engage
Suddenly it’s repression, moratorium on rights
What did they think the politics of panic would invite?
Person in the street shrugs — “Security comes first”
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Callous men in business costume speak computerese
Play pinball with the third world trying to keep it on its knees
Their single crop starvation plans put sugar in your tea
And the local third world’s kept on reservations you don’t see
“It’ll all go back to normal if we put our nation first”
But the trouble with normal is it always gets worse

Fashionable fascism dominates the scene
When the ends don’t meet it’s easier to justify the means
Tenants get the dregs and the landlords get the cream
As the grinding devolution of the democratic dream
Brings us men in gas masks dancing while the shells burst
The trouble with normal is it always gets worse

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