A Walking Dead Halloween: 

  A dark and stormy night… A grey Atlantan sky… Carl put on some make-up, A twinkle in his eye. He painted his face white Flecked with blood and meat. Hid the sheriff’s hat Time to trick or treat! He went from door to door Surprising all his friends He had too little chance for […]

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Word-Ghosts in the Ether

Image: “Fragmented (Portrait of Charles Cicirella)” by Joni Soule, 2007 Word-Ghosts in the Ether The words are here. Right here. Then they’re gone. Just like that. I could feel them Taste them. See them and reflect upon them in my mind’s eye. Now they won’t even look at me and refuse to respond to the […]

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Rearview Mirror

Awakened by a nightmare my shard reflection appeared. Broken, my eyes hollowed in black                                                I am haunted by this vacant stare. Rape erased the play for dolls and lace left me an […]

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Nightscape

Very wrong feels not water I knew in the dream walls, I sensed I was dying my visuals coming down What was projected in poison filled my dream water my home crumbling down on me.

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October 17 #LinkYourLife Roundup

Hello, #LinkYourLifers! Welcome to this week’s rundown. There were so many links, you’ll have to excuse the brevity of many introductions. It was actually crazy enough I nearly resorted to pills. Shawna was in and out due to birthday celebrations (her own), so I got to be the boss hostess. Now that Shawna’s blown out […]

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Merits of Being a Sloth and other poetic musings

on the merits of imaginary tree sloths I like pretending there’s a baby tree sloth wrapped around my shoulder, clinging to me with its innocuous claws. It gives me someone to love. heritage This is my old country. This is where my ancestors are from. Four generations raised in cow barns in southern Wisconsin, USA. […]

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Awake

I wake with ringing in my ears. Body fire. Vertigo. Numbness in toes and fingers. Deep slow breaths and a noticing taught to me by the graduate student every Thursday. Outside, a hummingbird paused in the sun along bare branch. I walk out into the red sand pushing the jelly from my thin legs. Wide […]

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October 9 #LinkYourLife Roundup On the Verge Edition

No, you’re not seeing double! Okay, yes, you are. Shareen and I teamed up to link you more places because we love you so much. So find yourself on my site and find yourself here and know you are welcome in both spaces. Shareen added even more links to this post because she was on […]

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“Mom, voices keep telling me to kill myself . . . “

While at school this year, as an episode was beginning to take place, my child quietly informed her teacher, who is aware of the situation, and the teacher RAN from her! She literally ran away and called for backup. From my child. Who has never even raised her voice in school, let alone harmed a single soul. I understand it is the lack of education and understanding of this dirty word “schizophrenia,” and I plan to change that. Plus, I’ll be damned if all the work I put in teaching my kids to have zero shame about who they are, takes two steps back because of ignorance.

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Silence

Soul bared she cries out for so long she has held it in been afraid ashamed to admit the pain she suffers in silence or carefully crafted verses, statuses essays, tweets But she has cracked open words failing seams that held her together have come undone she finds she can no longer write those platitudes […]

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