“As the Shade Spins” A tra-com-edy of dysfunction and disillusion

long ago and far far away, in the beginning of a dark and stormy night, it was love at first sight…then shit REALLY got interesting! 2014 The new year's babe came roaring into existence dragging what was left of her meaner older brother 2013 by the roots of his dead gray short hairs I had hoped to see … Continue reading “As the Shade Spins” A tra-com-edy of dysfunction and disillusion

Survivors

Of the many reasons I blog, this is at the top of the list: Meeting, befriending, supporting, and being supported by a woman like Susan. Thank you for this amazing piece my friend…I love your voice and am honored to stand beside you…

 

Susan Daniels Poetry

There is choice.  We can die
from the shame of what is done
to us.  We can wear the names
like letters branded into our skin
and quietly disappear,
become the nothings
they say we are, banished and vanished,
or we can wear our own words.

We can show them
women are not sheep.
Girls are not fruit.
There is no shearing of hair
or reaping a harvest from us.

We learn through breath
the difference between being a victim
and becoming a survivor
is subtle, delicate
before it grows strength:

That shift across the line
of being versus agency
is a thing danced, not learned;
sidestepping guilt and spinning it
back where it belongs
with something simple as a lifted head,
a turn around to shout back
at what is muttered under breath,
or the woman who did not stand in shame, wordless,
but blocked a door 
shouting for police,

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The Answer Heard ‘Round the World (wide web)…

Reddit Ask Women asked the following: "Among women here who have experienced sexual assault, what fate do you want, most of all, for you attacker(s)?" For me, this is the answer heard around the world...and was given by a Reddit user named http://www.reddit.com/user/twistyrockets I thank her, thousands thank her, for putting into words what most cannot. I … Continue reading The Answer Heard ‘Round the World (wide web)…

Number 3 – RAPE: Rise Against Punishable Eccentricity

The third and final post in the RAPE:  Rise Against Punishable Eccentricity challenge to join the movement to raise our voices in the fight again Rape and Sexual Assault, as well as lift our voices in unison toward helping women feel empowered to take charge and take action. I particularly love this one because it's quintessential Susan … Continue reading Number 3 – RAPE: Rise Against Punishable Eccentricity