Saturday, December 16, 2017

"Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it." —Colette, Casual Chance, 1964

Alleviate the Breach

     1.           Branches MagazineSept./Oct. 2015, Apple Press Inc. and Peace PoemsApril 19, 2017, New Jersey Peace Action's 60th Anniversary anthology
Is your object getting people to take your side,
or are you taking action to heal
others inside
the hurt?

I want to spend my time bringing to the fore
causes I support, not giving voice
to chasms, factions, and
senseless wars!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Child of a Teenage Mother: I Was Loved

Published by Rat’s Ass Review in “Love & Ensuing Madness,” January 2017

She loved me like a scalp loves lice.
She loved me like a leg loves chiggers.
She loved me like a dog’s hide loves fleas.
She loved me like a celiac’s gut loves wheat.
She loved me like a hiker’s ankle loves sprains.
She loved me like a surgeon’s hand loves cramps.
She loved me like a bare foot loves splintered glass.
She loved me like a rich woman’s heart loves gigolos.
She loved me like a sailor’s stomach loves being seasick.

Sometimes, I Guess There Just Aren't Enough Rocks. —Forrest Gump

Friday, November 24, 2017

Veronica Jarshi on life, holidays, gratitude, etc.

Your gratitude doesn’t need to be for the showy, enormous, money-raining moments of life. Being grateful is a mindset of happiness for the small, lovely things in an ordinary day.
Doing that may sound hokey or cheesy. “Really? Grateful for such a small, insignificant thing?”
But the truth is that the smaller things are what make up a day. After all, it was the small yet constant, unyielding barrage of damaging comments and neglect and silent treatment and belittling through your childhood that led to the deep gash on your heart. 
“If all small things can cause so much sorrow,” a friend recently told me, “then can’t it mean that many small things can cause so much joy?”

From: "Grateful for the Good in Your Life"