Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“Lament for the wild”; Mixed Media collage / November 2022

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Your mother tells you to get inside,

but you are

ears against the clouds


for butterflies.

10 years.

The teacher tells you

to stop starring out the window;

algebra is an ancient tongue

that still cannot hack into the

will o’ wisp.

20 years.

The living room ghost tells you

to get back in

as the snow

settles on light

and you are

blowing smoke signals

to the dark blue of the sky

searching for . . .

*inspired by, what is in my own humble opinion, the stupidest job interview question ever.

~ by Oloriel on November 28, 2022.

5 Responses to “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

  1. Ha.. I see myself retired, living in comfort doing what I want.

  2. Ears against the clouds- I LOVE IT. You never cease to both amaze and impress me with your writing. I feel you on the “stupidest job interview question” (And I love how you turn that experience into your personal art 😉); I was once asked “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” Um…my reply didn’t include their organization…haha. Need I mention that I didn’t get the job? 😁

    • I hear ya on that, it is why I dislike the question so much; it’s part of the whole culture if you ask me; when an obviously shitty company wants to hear you’ve been dreaming about working there. I say good riddance to jobs like those both of us did not get because of “failing” questions like these.
      My answer, btw, was always one word . “Alive”

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