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"

Friday, November 10, 2017

"Many R&R stars’ mothers died when they were young and/or their fathers hated them." Tom Petty: Runnin' Down a Dream

“Any sort of injustice just outraged me. This comes from my dad just being so incredibly verbally abusive to me. He was certainly physically abusive at times. He would give me pretty good beatings most of my life. He was just crazy.” Tom Petty