--Rebecca J. Burns
"To be a survivor–first you must bleed. You bleed all that was inside of you: the pain, the memories, the fear, the wounds fusing together, the ties to what was in, all its forms. You bleed not once but several times... And when you are empty, you either fade into a shadow or find the strength, and courage to live...you fill yourself up with the new, you recreate yourself–you reform. You don’t have the same heart or mind. The way you see the world is forever changed."
--Lynn Mari (The Last Straw).
Listen up. The Daddy worked in the anti-violence field for some time: As a violence prevention coordinator and, later, president of a violence prevention firm, he wrote grants for anti-violence programs for non-profit agencies in Minneapolis. He then helped them to set up the program, train staff and evaluate the programs. He also took on special cases.
Happy Homemaker from Edina*
i never felt so far away
pouring fresh-brewed coffee to
a dead sports page and the scent of
last night’s “business” you could not delay.
i never felt more like stone
pinched nipples like hard plums as
you bet Wolves by the bedside telephone.
i never felt such numb despair
imaging your untimely death
while gluing down my nails
blonding up my hair.
*from the book The Sixties? Yes, I Remember
by Mac Walton, aka MacDaddy