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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 94

April 3, 2016


Describe your ultimate escape plan (and tell us what you’re
escaping from).

“Escape” Haibun

It will happen in the stillness and cover of night, when all are asleep. I will grab the bag I keep packed under my bed, grab my few prized possessions and put them in a satchel, and just leave. No sad goodbye notes, no see-ya-soons, not even a sorry-I-had-to-go. You won’t even know I am missing for the biggest part of the day. You will just think I am sleeping. By then, I’ve hit the bank for a withdraw and then off to the Amtrak station. You will probably think I’ve gone off on holiday to the beach, but no. I am headed to Maine. After a few days, you will assume I am still coming back, but no. I will be staying there. I won’t call, nor write, not even an email. When I do get there, I will change my name and start a new life. My life. Not the life you want me to live, not the life I should live, not even the life you thought I wanted all of these years. Did you even know me at all?

in darkness, shadowed
raven whispers her retreat
life’s wisdom, her prize

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.


How about you, dear readers? Ever contemplated an escape plan? Share your thoughts with me in comments.


  1. It’s tempting sometimes, I have to admit…but then reality bites and I restore my balance. A quiet space and time is what I need regular doses of, and it’s easier now the kids are grown up and I’m not working.

    • It really is tempting.. I am glad you have the time and place for the solace you need now 🙂

      • I have ‘run away’ at times for a bit of peace. Once booked myself into a caravan park for a weekend. Another time I left for a whole week just to have some space and make a strong point about not being taken for granted 🙂 That was hard to do !

      • Ah.. those quick get-aways to save your sanity 🙂 I get it, Raili.. good for you, but I bet it was indeed difficult..

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