Happy International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Lonely Author


Yes, I know what you are thinking. Lonely Author is not playing with a full deck.

Well, this Chimp may have misplaced a few of his picture cards, but there is a method to his madness. Please bear with me.

Yes, I realize this is nine months early (November 25th).

Friends asked why I ignored International Woman’s Day on March 8th. Honesty, these days fail to excite me.

For those of you who have followed me closely, you know where this is coming from.

Why do we need these days?

Here we are in the 21st century and women are still abused, underpaid, and unappreciated. And I’m not even talking about the atrocities against women or the exploitation of young girls happening in many countries around the world.

That is why I don’t get excited about these days. I don’t think they are helping. Not the way I wish they…

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Poet Rummager


Feel my heart palpitate

as it climbs up my throat –

choking my breath.

I’m in a crowd,

and I feel undressed.

Vulnerable –

scared out of my head.

My social anxiety

has pushed me

up against a wall.

Trapped in its clutches –

I’m twice as small

as that ant I see crawling

on the floor.

Hold my hand.

I’m sorry it’s sweaty,

but when you’re next to me,

the world doesn’t seem so crazy.

(Photo by Lauri Koski of freeimages.com)

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