The doors closed tightly behind him and he was left alone in this box to a yet unknown future
“Find Happiness”
The small sign above the 5 buttons read, each button a different color
Blue – the color of sky and water, infinite; but also of melancholy and remorse
Green – the color of growth and vitality, life; but also mold and decay
 Yellow – the color of sun and warmth, love; but also disease and sickness
 Orange – the color of … hmm? the color of…this one he was unsure of
Red – the color of fire and heat, passion; but also pain and hurt
 He stared at the 5 colored buttons unsure of which one to pick as he had no idea what agony or ecstasy each might bring.
Was there a right answer? Or a wrong one?
 Then he noticed, a smaller sign below the colored buttons which simply read
 This small sign hung above a smaller single white button
 He thought and a realization occurred that finding happiness was not a destination
Something to be grabbed and held
But something inside we could carry with us
True power lies in being the person you were created to be & wish to be despite your circumstances.
Pushing the small white button the doors opened onto his LIFE
 Walking out of the elevator the colors of the world,
 Blues, Greens, Yellows, Oranges, Reds and so many more
Shone brilliantly all around him like he had never witnessed before and the future held infinite possibilities

~Maleko ©2013

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  1. I like where you took this one, Mark! Break all the rules, for life is not meant to be locked in a box with a single choice of multiple options to escape. Kind of reminds me of Amanda Palmer, and her talk on ‘The art of asking’…
    A fun post to life above, cheers

    1. Thanks Sharla! Being a visual artist first and coming to writing later in life, I seem to see color as always representing different feelings, emotions, things etc. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you Marion! I agree the rain (& sun) falls on the just and the unjust, it is up to us to chose our responses to circumstances and see the colors!

  2. Not sure I can say anymore than what has been already said. I love this. I have a blank spot on my wall that this would be perfect for. Let me know if it ever becomes something I can obtain hang there. 🙂

  3. Though I loved this in its entirety, this line here “and the future held infinite possibilities” was superb. What a beautiful and inspirational way to end it. Like the sigh on top. 😉 Oh and… Orange is the color of the Tennessee Vols! (Of course, right?) 🙂 Thanks, Mark, for writing for me. Loved your contribution, as always. ♥

    1. Thank you Kellie! My stories, poems, writings always take me down a path other than where I might have intended to go at first, but like the twists and turns. Thanks again, have a great week!

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