Could vs Would

What if we could proofreadour life – edit it in the moment – patch over the rough spots –change the dragon ladyinto a polished princess? Don’t know about you,but I prefer fire to ice… (Image mine.)

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Nonlinear

Soldier through! Father preached, as if life is linear and all falls behind. I left the straight path refuse to march choose to circle dance seek empowerment in soft rhythms Less stoicism more love. (Tuesdays I borrow from my Twitter account @Vjknutson.  Image my own.)

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Victim

Can’t take responsibility for what gets laundered here my vehicle has no steering wheel I am merely seeking understanding – comfort, like support shoes  – and I get flack, indifference slapping me in the face. Why did I put myself in this position – revert back to old ways, think I was destined for anything […]

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How Does the Heart Choose?

Set me on a lonely road and I will shine – solitude a strength And yet, I have an inner pull, a need for connection, a longing for depths of love. But what of these dreams – do relationships deter direction, and must I always wait on another? Intimacy is complicated, the route undefined, I […]

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Heart Frozen

Analysis freezes heart, I leap with reservations, engage in familiar pacts, motivations logical, observe patriarchal parlay – seduced by original sin – settle into compromise.

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Smorgasbord

Life is a smorgasbord – so many delicious options; experience teaches us to choose wisely. (#Ragtag’s daily prompt is smorgasbord.)

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Call It Wisdom

Get back to work! Bravado punches, but my pick up is shelved – would love to wheel out of here and take flight – and interview skills are ungrounded, fear I will let fly unfiltered gibberish. Go for it! Boisterousness cajoles – but boldness is dangerous, and pushy only puts up walls; shifting gears might […]

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I Stand In The Doorway

Surrounded by the animated chatter of youth, a mother piles food on plates, busies herself with addressing individual needs, smiles warmly. In another room, a woman lies lifeless, grieving a life now passed, children gone, an absentee mate; she is alone, feels the burden of her inadequacy. I stand in the doorway between the two, […]

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Choices

“Come live with us”, Mother suggests in her there’s-nothing-we-can’t-handle tone of voice.  Father lowers paper, raises eyebrows, stern blue eyes flashing over spectacle rims, says nothing.  Am I supposed to interpret concordance or contradiction? “But you live in a box!  Where would I sleep?”  “More of a rectangle.” I contemplate room dividers, imagine claiming a […]

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Best Laid Plans

The man seated across the table pried me with questions. “Who played Wendy?”  he asked.  “Was it you?” I nodded. “And who played the Hooker?” “Also me.” “Really,”  he drew the word out as if chewing on it.  “Both you?” We were celebrating closing night at a local eatery.   My questioner was not a familiar […]

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