"Hona!" "Aye," said Hona. She was lounging on the roof. "Put your clothes on, woman." That was Judith. Hona slid her sunshades down, "Come over here and make me." A patter of footsteps interrupted the mutinous glare-off. "Hey! You two .... oh," said Dima. "Tell her to put on her clothes!" "Why?" Jude sputtered. "Because it's … Continue reading Naked in Greece
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop … Continue reading Quote: On Perseverance
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” August Wilson
We curl into fetus positions in moments of pain so sharp and … and clawing. Why? Is it because mental anguish, this fickle brain, tricks the body in reacting to a physical wound? That we hide our soft bellies from the threat? Now, that’s laughable!
Darling, the predator’s all in your head.
Maybe … maybe though, we fold into ourselves to mimic an old memory, as ancient as our first cells, floating, still oblivious to the universe of multitudes beyond that warm cocoon. Our mothers can only do so much.
Yet, we can’t return to that place but we can tuck knees to chest and then arms hugging those knees, face pressed to soft thighs. And breathing, let’s not forget the breathing.
Not the rapid influx and rattling outward woosh but we ride that out. Then eventually, gently the slow slip-stream of the in and out. Breathe in ……
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I can trace a handful of defining moments back to my days in high school. Maybe it shouldn't come as surprising, being that mixing pot of awkwardness, doubt, and a pinch of disorientation to taste. I was plenty ignorant when it came to social interactions, the things that would fly out of my mouth in … Continue reading On Writing: Beginnings, coping & expression