Friday, November 18, 2016

New World

my Colleen and me
In the wake of the election, things have changed. For Daughter #1 things have become more dangerous. A trip to Petco yielded an ugly encounter. As a mother, another layer of worry has engulfed me...



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This poem was written in the Skinny poetry form which was created by Truth Thomas. Here is an explanation of this form from The Skinny Poetry Journal website: "A Skinny is a short poem form that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however they can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical. NOTE: All the lines in this form, except for the first and last lines, must be comprised of ONLY one word."

The beautiful and talented Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales is hosting Poetry Friday this week. Join us...

18 comments:

  1. Things are messed up. I'm glad Colleen was able to offer a retort safely. Good job with the Skinny!

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    1. Indeed, Tabatha. The ironic part is Colleen doesn't have any affiliation with the country the woman said she should be deported to. Not only was the woman a bigot, she also seemed to have trouble seeing. Ugh. =)

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  2. oooooooh! I love the skinny poem (I'm taking it as a challenge). I have to try this. And, I hear you on the content. My daughters and a son look very much like your daughter. I never understood the world like I do as their mother. Hugs to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I would love to see your skinny poem when you give it a try. I hope it will be on a better subject than mine. Hugs to you and yours as well. =)

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  3. GRRRRR!!!!! That's all I have to say.

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    1. GRRRRR!!! is the mama bear battle cry! Thank you, friend. =)

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  4. Can't believe this is happening. Sorry to hear about the bad experience. A new world indeed. :(

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    1. It is pretty unbelievable, Jama, but unfortunately widespread and within days of the election. It's up to us to take back our world with kindness and love...and poetry. =)

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  5. I'm so sorry about your daughter's experience. I have family who are sadly now considered "other", & I fear for them, will constantly fight against this! Your 'skinny' poem is perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Yes, we must speak up for all 'others', even in our poetry. =)

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  6. I'm so sorry! I just can't understand the way people are sometimes. Your poem is lovely but it makes me very sad.

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    1. Thank you, Ruth! Yes, it boggles the mind what people are thinking/doing. We just have to be the love to all hate. =)

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  7. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's experience, it just breaks my heart to hear this kind of hate and ugliness. I come from a family enriched by adoption and filled with different sexual orientations and abilities, and it just breaks my heart to think about the world that so many people must face. In a world that seems to be losing its humanity, poetry can be a ray of hope and light.

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    1. Yes, Jane! Poetry has to be "a ray of hope and light" for all. =)

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  8. Three cheers for your brave girl... three hugs works too. Plus one for worrier/warrior Mom.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! My girl deserves cheers and hugs always. =)

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  9. People seem angrier than they did before this last year. The milk of human kindness seems dried up. Hugs for your daughter and her mom.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. I hope human kindness is just being overshadowed by these random acts of harassment. I know I am doing my part to be the kindness and love I want to see and experience in the world. =)

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