Karma in a Plastic Bag

She said
releasing the creatures
would make merit,
a boon for our souls
for under a dollar.

Freed from plastic,
they spread into the water
like goodness into the world.

But would she recapture them
early tomorrow,
so the cycle could repeat?

Instant Karma Gargleblaster

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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24 Responses to Karma in a Plastic Bag

  1. I’m guessing you didn’t get a chance to return and see if anyone was paying to release the same critters again.
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    • Marcy says:

      No, I didn’t, but I think that might be the case. In a different area, I saw something similar going on with little caged birds, and my guide told me that the birds do return and get released again.

  2. Clare says:

    Love it, Marcy. I didn’t even need the pictures to know what you were talking about! I guess you can just consider it the same as cows coming in from pasture each night?
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  3. I love everything about this! From the title to the poetry to the story itself – one of my favorite reads today. Where did this take place?

  4. Stacie says:

    How fun that you could tie the prompt into a cool experience in Thailand.
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  5. Love the title! So telling of our modern guilt and how we assuage it. Great post!
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    • Marcy says:

      It was so interesting to learn about this practice. My guide said that it wasn’t just for the tourists, but that local people participate in it too for building good karma. I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around it because doesn’t paying to release the creatures contribute to their capture, which would build bad karma? Thanks for your comment.

  6. Tina says:

    This raises some very existential questions. Very thought provoking.
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  7. Christine says:

    A really thought-provoking piece, Marcy. (Whoops, Tina beat me to it.) Nice response to the question.
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  8. Genna Claire says:

    I loved this one, Marcy! It really got me thinking. I’m glad you freed them even if just for a day.

  9. Jen says:

    oh my goodness look at those things!! How fun. I love your picture and stories!
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  10. Gina says:

    I had a feeling something like those pictures was coming due to all your adventures. I like this response!
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  11. Nathan James says:

    Looks like your sons were very engaged. What are those things in her bag? Eels?
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  12. For one, lovely writing! For two, the notion of letting go a critter does seem like it would be good for the soul. But the poor critters were captured! It does make me wonder if they live such a false freedom each day.
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