i would rather tell you a fairytale

i would rather tell you a fairytale  June 13, 2018
110 pounds
16 years old
2000 anno domino
i’m in a cage
the detention center
is over capacity
so six girls
sleep in a portable building
where the broken bunks
are abandoned
a portable building
with steel grates
bolted over blacked
out windows

you can go home
(and die) the officer said
or i can arrest you
so i cooperated
with the handcuffs
and degradation
of hands
searching my body

a man with a gun
screaming he’d kill me
or a man with a gun
screaming he’d kill me?
this is the story
of me
a girl
in a cage

140 pounds
34 years old
2018 anno domino
i’m in a cage
my own mind
is over capacity
so six ghosts
sleep in my heart
where the broken children
are abandoned
a heart
with steel grates
bolted over blacked
out windows

write about your childhood
the letter to a poet said
that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories (Rilke)
so i cooperated
with the unveiling
and exposing
of ink
spilling

a little girl hungry
whimpering he’ll kill me
and a woman weary
whispering he’ll kill me
this is the story
of me
a woman
in a cage

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inside the prison of evangelical original sin

inside the prison of evangelical original sin             June 12, 2018
she voted
for the cheeto in chief
and she
put me in a cage
when i was a child
so why are you surprised
to see thousands and thousands
of children
in cages?
how do i explain
the dead souls
rejoicing to see
kids kept in dog kennels?

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August Reading BLog

Suddenly I’m reading nothing except what’s assigned to school and so far that’s only been short articles (don’t worry, books coming soon!) so this is another short list. Eight months and only 74 books puts me just a little behind my high-goal of 10 books/month but still well on track for the low-goal of 100 books/year. And then there’s the mountain of books I just bought for school which all by itself will add up to over 100 for the year.

So what are your reading goals? Have you ever set a target or kept a grown-up reading log?

69. 8/6/18 In the Footsteps of the Prophet, Tariq Ramadan. To be honest, I found this a bit dull.

70. 8/7/18 Palace of Desire and

71. 8/11/18 Sugar Street, Naguib Mahfouz. These are parts 2 & 3 of a trilogy I started a while back and figured I’d better finish before school started. Also, I had to wait for #2 to be returned to the library or I would have read it sooner. There’s a reason this guy won a Nobel Prize for his writing. It’s nuanced and mature but still engaging and page-turning

72. 8/14/18 City of the Sun, Juliana Maio. I’m happy this was another library book and I didn’t pay anything to read it. Don’t bother. It’s the kind of dangerous “historical” fiction that plays fast and loose with facts.

73. 8/16/18 The President is Missing, Bill Clinton & James Patterson. I was given a copy of this and was on a bit of a fiction binge. Otherwise I’m ashamed to have to publicly admit to having read this.

74. 8/22/18 The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seirstad. I’ve got mixed feelings about this one.

I just realized I forgot to include books I read to Kid 2 for the last two months! This is terrible, how could I have left of something so important? Unfortunately I’ll need her help to remember just what we read because there’s easily 6 or 7 of them and I lose track to quickly of what we read when.

P.S. We might all benefit from reading more Nobel Prize winners and fewer trashy best sellers. (Looking in the mirror while I write that!)

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