College truly saved me. It brought me physical and mental distance from the tightly woven abusive nest. It reflected back at me my gifts, my strength, my empowered femininity. I met people who respected me and were interested in my ideas, my viewpoints. Even if, perhaps especially since, I was eccentric.
~disabled poet Jill Khoury
Subjective Units of Distress Scale 1-10
by Jill Khoury
(with 5 bonus units for additional introspection)
1 – emotions are just neurochemical swirls happening inside your body
2 – the wind rattles the windows at celeste’s house
3 – the slug and bore in our voices
4 – at the library 100 ringtones go off at once
5 – all of the above but add pain; specify whether the pain is
aching, acute, anvil, arrow strike, burning, chronic, clamp, electric, fetal,
folding, nebula, neuropathic, nociceptive, panting, pressing, radicular,
spasmodic, stabbing, stuttering, tornado
6 – atmospheric disturbance like bees chanting a death hymn
7 – in the terrorwood my anxiety lights a fire
8 – st. dymphna with lilies, holding a sword
9 – time is a monstrous organ that breathes us...
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Beyond Literacy Link has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Carol!