i think i have developed a callus
on my soul
…or is it that i have completely run out
of fucks to give?
like the calluses on my feet
the callus on my soul
allows me to run
where others must
today, my trump supporting little sister who now lives in germany with her army husband, sent me a big box of german chocolate.
today i accepted a friend request on facebook from a fellow homesteader…and then saw a pro-trump post by him.
and i was all like. whatever.
that was it. no anger. no need for vengeance. no blinding need to light a match & burn that bridge…
weird. i still hate trump. i still want to see him impeached and all of his cronies de-throned…
i still will continue working towards equal rights for everyone and will never stop celebrating diversity.
and i have no intention of stopping my efforts towards resistance & rebellion….
still, all i could muster was a “meh.”
am i de-sensitized? numb? overwhelmed by the bad news sermons of dusty? (seriously, he can put an apocalyptic spin on anything!!)
or does the callus on my soul simply allow me to process without becoming overwhelmed, numb, and de-sensitized?
desperate for adult interaction
desperate to be heard
i share my thoughts with him
to have him
wad them up in a ball
& hurl them back at my
this may be weird…or maybe not, but whenever i touched my pen to the page to draw the lines of my face, i started crying.
i used a mirror. i don’t usually use a mirror. but i needed to see where the lines fell.
those lines made me cry.
there is a lot of pain
in the lines of my face.
he drinks from my glass
instead of getting his own
he says he would be in a good mood
if not for me
he accuses me of “gaslighting” him
& i wonder
or do i know
that he is gaslighting me?
he hurls words at me
words i said
stories i told
when i–in a state of delusion–
he saves up the words i give to him
to strike me with
as his mask falls off
& he embraces
he claims he no longer is….
yeah. things are not going well with dusty being here. two weeks now. every morning i am grateful for the help.
by nightfall, i hate him.
i have determined that i am
to sell myself
you can have my pretty pictures
i merely ask
you give me what you believe
a piece of my soul
I am trying to learn
to not focus
on what kind of amazing
i would have been
with the proper
parental love & nurturing
…it’s a new day
i am who i am
i have what i have
which is a shit-ton
funny in my own dark way
& chock full of imagination
i for one
am glad to live in an era
when it is
at the very least
for a mom to curse like a sailor….
it’s the little triumphs i have to celebrate.
i am watching alias grace on netflix and wondering at the idea of a proper woman not being able to go to a pub by herself without it being a scandal or an invitation for mens’ attention…
but now that i write that…would i pass for a “proper” woman? being that i am outspoken, open-minded, and believe i am in charge of my own body?
and–wait–do men today still see this as an invitation after all our so-called progress? i mean, i used to work in bars, and in my off time i would hang out at the bar, writing or reading, because i am that special kind of socially awkward introvert who craves being around people…but doesn’t want to actually talk to them.
nevertheless, my being in a bar, alone, occupied or not, was seen as an invitation. and, more than once, i had a man get angry at me for not giving him my full attention when he initiated a conversation with me.
maybe it’s no wonder i curse so much.
and i just had a conversation with dusty–who is still here because my back is still fucked up and i still haven’t convinced him to leave again….
i mean, was it yesterday i swore i would not talk to him anymore about anything other than stuff to do with household?
alas…but al franken and my understanding that probably the majority of men have done shit like that or at least laughed and encouraged other men to do shit like that…
i accidentally started a conversation
and it quickly turned into what women had done to him…which–yes–should not be discounted–but not used to counter what millions (billions??) of men are doing to women daily and with no public or personal backlash?
it’s no wonder i curse…& drink….
so stray kittens keep showing up
and now misha & poppy have taken to throwing them at people
not necessarily “throwing” so much as aggressively tossing
like they run up as i am reading a book…
or typing this blog entry
and plop a kitten
into my lap.
it it both terrifying and comical.
i tried to capture it in this journal entry…but feel as if i did not succeed.
i wanted it to be all sinister…but dammit–poppy is too fucking cute. i mean, he has always reminded me of the baby that they replaced the addams family baby with in addams family values when the baby goes from being a true addams to being a typical “cute” baby…a gerber baby if you will.
the thing is is that poppy is actually sinister–despite his disney cuteness.
when i call my light haired blue-eyed children to me, i summon them by saying, “children of the corn!”
and it’s not just because we live in the midwest.