Five Minute Friday: Imagine

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Imagine. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Imagine

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There is a zoo in my head. In it, I’ve locked away memories of cold Saturday mornings spent cleaning up the animal pens. I remember the stench of manure, the buckets of dead mice. Once, a monkey reached through the cage to grab a fistful of my hair as I bent down low. Another day, a raccoon attached itself to my leg and wouldn’t let go, and I shook and shook my leg like a girl on fire, except I wasn’t. There was a raccoon attached to me. I saw a lama spit and a vulture attack and a pregnant donkey sway and keel right over onto the foot of my friend, knocking her down, squashed beneath its weight.

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We took our kids to the zoo last week, and the stories resurfaced, and as always they shook their heads and rolled their eyes. They think I imagined it all, that Saturday mornings at the zoo never really happened, that I never stared into the eyes of the big cat or fed the birds their prey. But, I did. There’s a zoo in my head, and it’s as real as the peacock preening in the tree above, calling for its mate. Its feathers cascading like a blanket full of eyes woven in green and blue silk, as we watch, mesmerized, and the ice cream melts into puddles in our hands.

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  • You described these incidents so vividly in 5 minutes…I’ve no doubt they are true!! Did you work at zoo? I’m continuing to pray for you as you prepare for your move.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for the prayers, Mary:) Yes, I volunteered at a local zoo when I was a teenager. All true!

  • Dude, remind me to stand BEHIND you on our next trip to the zoo. There’s some dangerous stuff going on there. Keep it up – the zoo in your head – it’s good. Really good. Happy packing!!!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I’m a magnet for bad animal behaviors;) Thanks for stopping by, Debi.

  • Mark Allman

    There is a starship in my head that I have been a member of since I was about 10.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Ah, yes. I think most boys do:)

  • Karrilee Aggett

    Crazy stories… I’m with Debi – I will choose to walk BEHIND you as well! 😉 Oh – and peacocks… well – I sort of have an obsession! Gorgeous pictures!

  • Brie E

    I loved the way this was written. So pretty! You totally captured what it’s like to work at a crazy job (though maybe some jobs are crazier than others!!).

  • ourstoriesgodsglory

    Sounds pretty wild…and exciting if my fear didn’t keep me away!!