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they say
square pegs
round holes
she's a star-shaped peg
and her mother
(who she should
have been able
to trust
to keep her safe
to keep her whole
because that's what parents
are supposed to do)
tried to cut away the starstuff
and make of her an ordinary
round peg
and when that didn't work
her mother tried
to kill them both
knowing
the world would see
with sympathy
not for Issy Stapleton
the autistic the victim the unperson
but for her mother
come, look up at the stars


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Janus

2014-Jul-25, Friday 12:19
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Who are you?
That answer tells me
what face to show to you.
Who are you?
I need to know
what name to answer to.
The name my mother gave me
is not my own
but yes it is.
The name I chose myself
is one I rarely hear
but often see.
Different faces, different places.
Different names for different spaces.
Who are you?
Can I be honest with you?
Who am I?


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they say there are two wolves
in each of us
one made of all the vicious things
one made of all the virtues

which wolf wins?
the one I feed

but anger is a thing of vicious wolf
"God grant me the serenity"—
it is not courage that changes things
that can, that must be changed
it is anger

virtuous wolf takes no offense where none is meant
which values intent of speaker
over pain
of those hurt by careless words

if I starve the virtuous wolf
indeed I will become
a hateful thing
a hate-full thing

but if instead
I starve the vicious wolf
I will not be good
just sanctimonious

and how to call someone 'good'
who would deny a helpless animal
its only source of food

I feed both wolves
which wolf wins?
why must there be a winner?


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(the history of the two-wolves story and the version used as reference for this poem)

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2014-May-27, Tuesday 14:53
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Home Is Where The Heart Is is an installment in Nine for the Nebula's Heart, meditating on the nature of quests.

Nine for the Nebula's Heart is a collaborative-canon project. Come play!

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2014-May-19, Monday 13:20
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Before You Make Your Move is an installment in Nine for the Nebula's Heart. Ndidi and Hinata each learn something valuable from the other.

Nine for the Nebula's Heart is a collaborative-canon project. Come play!
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here is a question: )


I want to drown out the shitstorm Melody Hensley is facing. I think the best way to do that is for all of us, and as many other people as we can convince to help, to tweet "I support @MelodyHensley".



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