Two Poems by Noah Ainslie

  Broken Sad creation happened love broken forever it was dead it felt like there was a knife in my neck I couldn’t breathe drowned in the tears of the orphans I drank it I felt angry and now all I drink are the tears of the orphans. Death Down in the darkness grounded under […]

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I had a nightmare: on the Duggars, Christianity, and abuse

Originally posted on Karrie higgins:
“I had a nightmare,” my father-in-law says, his voice hoarse and weak after a stem cell transplant for lymphoma. “That Rod climbed through the window of my hospital room and attacked me.” He and my husband are chatting on Skype, something they never used to do until his father got…

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Let your kids be them and not you.

Originally posted on ronovanwrites:
I haven’t done a Sunday Thought in a  while, in part due to a lack of energy. Okay, so it is all due to lack of energy, but today I figure why not. I’ll take a nap afterwards. 2 hours of sleep in the last 36 hours or so just doesn’t…

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The Truth About My Mother

Originally posted on The Honeyed Quill:
I was the child of a difficult situation. I write most frequently about abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and survival. However, I take care to infuse everything I write with the glow of hope that I learned from the first person who decided to interrupt the cycle: my mother. It…

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Two Hearts: My Mother’s Day Love Story

” You’ve always held my hand. I never needed Tayta as much because you were there. I only decided to change things because of YOU. Because you deserve to have good days. Great days. Your birthday should always be a great day, so I took the lip ring out and let you see me the way you find me most beautiful.”

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#1000 Speak: Bullies on the Bus

Originally posted on Life in Every Limb:
When Lorelei was very little, she’d get made at her big brothers and yell, “Shub up!  Beeg bully!” With four older siblings, it’s not surprising she’d heard the phrase “shut up,” but I’m not sure how she already knew what a bully was:  someone bigger, stronger, more powerful,…

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Out for a Look-See

Originally posted on Telling the Truth:
out for a look-see fledgling eyes take in the world blue-robed male scans sky (click to enlarge) * * * Last week D and I hiked in the Longwood Meadow Garden. While we were at a distance from this bird house, we heard a huge racket and saw a couple of larger…

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When You’ve Hit Your Lowest Low

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
I’ve become addicted to very bad things. There are certain types of addiction, and they vary. You can be addicted to drink, to people, sometimes even to yourself. But I am not talking about that. I am talking about the addiction to negativity. This is my addiction. I crave it.…

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