What We’re Told Not To Talk About – Christine E. Ray

A stunning piece from Christine Ray

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what we are told black and white

My apologies for anyone who is stunned or dismayed by this piece.  I generally only share my most gentle writing on Go Dog Go, but life is not always gentle, is it?

we liked you better
when you were a girl
with your mouth muzzled shut
by strong adult hands
seen but not heard
on your scabbed bony knees
easily rendered
docile
compliant

we liked you better
when you were young
held the shared secrets close
carried the blame
our blame
as if it were your own
eyes cast down
head hung in shame
feeling unclean
unheard
defeated

we liked you better
before something within you
started to wake
to stir
and you began clearing the debris
painstakingly from your throat
with bare hands, knuckles bloody
looking up from the floor
to meet our gaze
simmering with mute rage
challenging our authority
our integrity

we liked you better
before you…

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Poetry published in the America Emerging Poets Series New Jersey Edition by Z Publishing

I'm thrilled to see my poetry published in the America Best Emerging Poets Series -New Jersey by Z Publishing. The book not only features my poem but also opens with a quote from my poem. Thoughts, Reflections, and Streams of Consciousness What do you do with the wound that is healed? Do you count along … Continue reading Poetry published in the America Emerging Poets Series New Jersey Edition by Z Publishing

Poetry published in Visual Verse Vol 06 Chapter 10-“Pigs Fly”

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My Blog’s Second anniversary

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison August 23 always seems to be a date for one of a personal milestone for me as it represents the anniversary of my blog. A day always so special in its own … Continue reading My Blog’s Second anniversary