Dear Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Yellow Wallpaper)

I have examined your wallpaper, discussed the scholarly attributes of shades of yellow, traced the edges of your unravelling with my mind, argued the merits of Gothic horror; marvelled at the brilliance of wording, the courage to define the nature of feminine madness, the boldness to highlight inequalities long before the establishment of a Person’s […]

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A Lacking Response

Confronted with the confines of your hate-centered speech, I choke on disbelief, mind sputters, stalls, conversation moves on and all I can manage is an impotent withdrawal. (Submitted for Ragtag Community’s prompt: sputter, and Fandango’s: manage.  Inspired by the hate rhetoric passed about on social media, often initiated by those I otherwise respect. How do […]

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Interaction

Curiosity, it seems, flows both ways – as I adjust focus so too, do you – can’t help but wonder if the takeaway joy also flows both ways. (In response to Paul Vincent Cannon’s poem:  Her Gift Remains. V.J.’s weekly challenge is response.  Image is from personal collection.)  

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A Child Responds

Console me when life, upended shuns and ridicules let me know I’ll be alright Step out of picket-fence thinking, find beauty in my uniqueness, show me that love has no boundaries Teach me to treasure all that I am even if that all is beyond your comprehension Grow with me encourage exploration demonstrate courage in […]

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