June 21, 2011

Excuses (with edit)

Once she used allergies as an excuse
not to visit. She used her lack of clothes,
or headaches as reasons not to stop in
at an old friends for dinner, drinks, or talk.

She found other excuses to not do
the usuals. Never was the bed made,
laundry washed, dishes cleaned, or shopping done.
Finally, abandoning all pretense, she

moved passionately onward to rescue
the world. Enthusiastically making
signs, marching, speaking, caring. One long day
she tripped over her own tired shoes, fell

when taking herself too seriously
then found herself with nowhere left to go.


  1. You just made me cry. In a good way.

  2. Norma Rae in another body! Glad you found your way with something to do and someone to care about.

  3. Absolutely lovely! I gave you a star.

  4. Powerful writing, your language takes us right into the story.

  5. This is such a powerful piece, Mage. Excellent. Sad.

  6. Stunning that you can see yourself this way. MOst of us see only foggy glasses when trying to see ourselves years ago. So, you were an activist?

  7. Rebecca from classJune 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Love it again, good job with your edits

  8. wow. Good lesson: I'll keep it in mind. Thanks, Mage!!!


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