In Solidarity With Those Who Self-Harm

Today, Open Thought Vortex would like to honor individuals who have struggled or are struggling with self-harm in its various forms. Self-harm (SH) or deliberate self-harm (DSH) includes self-injury (SI) and self-poisoning and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue most often done without suicidal intentions. see full article on Wikipedia Shareen, Shawna […]

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Read Shareen on Raising Mothers

Recently, I shared a deeply personal story featured on Raising Mothers. I was honored to share my story with this publication because of the courage so many other mothers displayed by sharing on this site. Ultimately, the goal of any story I share about myself should convey my hope. I believe that there is always […]

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Distorted Seduction

While I looked for the peeler to skin potatoes, peering at me from the drawer a faceless glare of a knife taunts me with a sinister laugh of enticing intentions. I lift the stainless steel away from its silver company my fingers tremble as I grip the knife’s body. I hold my wrist over the […]

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Get Out of the Bag I’m in

Image: “Doorjamb” captured by Linda McDonald Get Out of the Bag I’m in (For Fred and Howard) Dust mites attack from all directions. Blueprints no longer doing the trick. I’m at a loss for words. I’m at a loss for master strokes. Being a visionary is not as easy or as effortless as it may […]

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Stand United or Fall Divided

While I , along with a tremendous group of writers took to email, private message & text. Amongst our ranks we knew the power of our words. The power of the images we shared . Many of us stayed silent.  Our words had the power to change so we waited.

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Can A Poem Save Your Life?

    Can a poem save your life change the world make a difference bring world peace stop a war feed the hungry house the homeless Can a poem start a fire ignite a revolution open a door build a school or hospital make someone believe do more than wish take an action Can a […]

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I See You Humanity

Originally posted on The Lithium Chronicles:
Photo Credit Jean Jullien I see you humanity, crawling out from under the rubble, holding your neighbour’s hand, lifting up the closest stranger and offering a shoulder for solace. I see you humanity, in all of your glory though you may be beaten and tired, scared and feeling defeated;…

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For now. Forever. 

if you look really focus and look you’ll see contrast without warmth and a grain no one crosses you will see that it really is that bad you’ll see it in the eyes of police deciding whose lives matter in the profit driven courtroom and the public school prisons it’s there if you look you’ll […]

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The Rhyming Dead: A Fate Worse Than Death

The world has clearly ended And the zombies claimed the land But there’s one thing that I plead of you, That I really could not stand… There’s no longer dignity in death Now that Hell has shut its door And every day means wading Through endless guts and gore I can even make my peace […]

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