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I have loneliness but I have had love.
I have companions but I have had a wife.
I have a place to live but I have had a home.
I have certainty but I have had suspicion.
I have knowledge but I have had heard rumours.
I have faith but I have had unfaithfulness.
I have peace but I have had anger.
I have no plans but I have had schemes.
I have clean hands but I have had bloodied ones.
I have no weapons but I have had one.
I have had my freedom, but I have no regrets.

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    Neville Hunt about 1 year ago

    This is terrific Michael. There is so much story in it and you really get a sense of really knowing the narrator. Isn’t it amazing how much can be got into a mere 100 words! I’m guessing this might have been prompted by Christopher’s recent have and have nots? Really good and making me think about trying one.🤔

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    Neville Hunt about 1 year ago

    Sorry... have and have had.

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    Neville Hunt about 1 year ago

    Wow! I missed the real point of the story! My wife has just read it through and has had a much better grasp of the story and the implications I had missed, the beginning, middle and tragic end. Thanks Mrs H, and thanks Michael!

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    Michael Cook about 1 year ago

    Thanks for the kind words Neville! Yes, it was Christopher's drabble that sparked this one :) I knew there would be a lot of expectation on the reader to fill in the very large gaps, but I'm happy to hear Mrs H saw it!

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    Christopher about 1 year ago

    Wow! I'm honored to have sparked you into posting a drabble after a seven-year hiatus. And this one is fabulous. There's more there in what you didn't say than in what you did say!

    As I said in the comments of my drabble this was inspired by someone on twitter talking about cars they owned or had previously owned and they used the phrase "I have or have had..." and then listed the cars. It really jumped out at me.

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    Christopher about 1 year ago

    Neville, go for it!

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    Jamie Clapperton about 1 year ago

    Too dark to read to the spider in my kitchen but I enjoyed it. ;-)

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    Michael Cook about 1 year ago

    Thanks Christopher and Jamie.

    > ...posting a drabble after a seven-year hiatus.

    The idea of an imprisoned murderer sprang to my mind (should I be worried about that?) and the puzzle nature of what you wrote Christpher just tipped me into action. As you say, it's really about what's not written.

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    Michael Cook about 1 year ago

    P.S. yes Neville, go for it!

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    Neville Hunt about 1 year ago

    Will do, Michael!

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    Christopher about 1 year ago

    Well, I think I can speak for us all when I say we hope you continue to post. Things have been a little slack around here with Drew's disappearance again.

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    Frenchie 9 months ago

    Coming late into the conversation, yes, Michael, I do hope you will write some more.

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