new moon on monday

i had a dream this morning that i was being challenged by another mom on my momming choices.
i chose a less conventional approach to motherhood, and she was telling me that everyone else did it this other way.
but i didn’t care.
i was confident that i was doing right in my choices.

when i woke up…this somehow transferred to my artistic choices.
as my favorite art instructor asked me, “is this what you really want to be doing?”
a question that i now apply to most of my life
& ask myself again today about my art & writings
while applying the message of my dream…
confidence in my dancing down the road less travelled
to a beat of my own.

it’s a new moon on monday, y’all.
a powerful new moon from what i have read.
all new moons are good for fresh starts
this one seems even more powerful?

in the spirit of this new moon
i present to you my collection of writings
& the assurance that i am just getting started….
soon they won’t all fit in one camera shot 🙂

also! more messages from the universe via homemade business cards:

happy valentine’s day from an ice monkey

confusion is nothing new

teeth & gums & nakedness
nothing new
a series of dreams
that never come true
but can i really say
i never get what
i want
when wants change
& needs are undecipherable?
needs
i would like to get
what i need
teeth & gums & nakedness
men following men
through my room
moonlight
sunlight
lamplight
condom wrappers
& nothing fulfilled
but i got
what i wanted
for 30 seconds
teeth & gums & nakedness

yes. my name is “mary jo” & yes. i was a pretty promiscuous 24 year old once.
this is my favorite poem that i have ever written.
it was written after a busy summer in ’94 that began with my breaking up with the love of my life and ended with my reuniting with the love of my life after a bunch of indiscretions.
then i went away (with him) to an all girl school in roanoke, va (hollins university) where i workshopped my poem as well as classics such as “bukowski’s undertow” & “tiny tortures in this hyperactive ghost town” which can be seen in comic form in my newly published book confusion perfume & other neurotic comics.

in other news–i made so many valentine’s this year, y’all! i like to reclaim valentine’s day as a day of love & not necessarily romance. and i am so full of love. ink covered love.

ps. happy year of the (big blue) ox!

pps. my scanner finally gave up it’s ghost, hence the buttload of blurry photos. i did invest in a new scanner that should be here soon. buy a copy of my book to help me pay for that!!

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