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The Joy-Killer

Sad-bad-times regurgitated; then swallowed back down

Jagged edged accusations; adeptly stabbed in the heart!

Memories twisted by denial into shame’s thorny crown

Piercing in martyred skin; shame pressing pointed dart! 107 more words



Laurel and Jamie fell in love serendipitously, almost as if the events that brought them together were fated. An accident between her car and his motorcycle, but with no injuries. 304 more words

Book Review

Death does funny things to people;

Especially to those still alive.

Copyright Suzanne Norton 2015


Listen by Laurie Halse Anderson

***Trigger Warning***

—With the exception of the first and last stanzas, all the words in this poem come from letters or emails from Laurie’s readers… 425 more words


Who Would I Have Been?

Who would I have been
if I have been cuddled instead of cursed
if I had been bounced instead of beaten
if I had been taught instead of teased… 126 more words

Experience, Strength, and Hope

Today is my father’s 88th birthday.

I was thinking I might go to visit him in the dementia ward, where he’s been since his release from the hospital in July (for dehydration and infection). 1,105 more words


Letting go of toxic behaviour

There are some themes that just keep coming up for me. I hear people talking about the hurt in their lives. Well, they don’t actually name it as hurt, often as grievances they hold against others around them or toward people in their families.  424 more words