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Stories From the Edge of Blindness

In 2002, Retinitis Pigmentosa changed my life. This is my story of a slow approach to darkness.

Stitching Bones~ Susan Richardson

MORALITY PARK

I have known the murmur of rage all my life,
writhing inside my veins like serpentine flash.
I resign myself to the ache of living in captivity.
Garlands of anger cascade over the edges of
pedestals carved from violence and shackle me
to walls covered in the scent of rancor.
I climb into the teeth of misery.
She is a vice that clamps my mouth silent,
turning my words into shards of hatred
that burrow into the back of my throat.
The strike of a serrated refrain crumbles me
into silage, feeding the roots of an unbearable
noise that lingers in the hum of my blood.
I sink quietly into the clamor,
stitching my bones with filaments of patience.
One day, I will emerge, voice mended,
a battalion of embers on my tongue,
and incinerate your mocking grin.

©Copyright Susan Richardson 2018

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B&W Photo Challenge – Day 7

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the black and white photo challenge by Grace, the creator of MS Graceful…NOT  If you aren’t familiar with Grace, go and check out her blog, and meet a woman who is strong as hell, funny, kind, talented and can swear with the best of them.  I am honored that she is my friend!

You know there are always rules to everything in life! The rules for this are straightforward. Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day  (Participate if you feel compelled to do so).

 

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Guest Feature: Recovery Looks a Lot Like Picking Up a Paintbrush~Samantha Rose

An exquisite poem on Morality Park today, from Samantha Rose!

MORALITY PARK

My skin isn’t paper
But that doesn’t stop me from carving the weight of the world
Into my wrists,
Crimson blood tiger stripes

Or from ripping apart the pages of a story
I never asked to be in
Don’t judge a book by its coverup
That is, pant legs and long sleeves

And betting on depression
Is like gambling with slits instead of slots,
The butterflies in my stomach
Are wingless wasps

But sometimes, scars do fade
And one day when I picked up a paintbrush
My story came back to me,
One letter at a time

And I saw my skin was flecked with gold instead of blood
The punctured veins on my hands became sapphire cracks
Ochre and acrylics filled my broken lungs
Instead of black tar and mothballs

And now, when I say my skin is a canvas
I mean to say
Not that I bleed in…

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B&W Photos~Day 6

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the black and white photo challenge by Grace, the creator of MS Graceful…NOT  If you aren’t familiar with Grace, go and check out her blog, and meet a woman who is strong as hell, funny, kind, talented and can swear with the best of them.  I am honored that she is my friend!

You know there are always rules to everything in life! The rules for this are straightforward. Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day  (Participate if you feel compelled to do so).

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Partially Sighted Irony

I was invited to participate in a Black and White photo challenge and I accepted (with much hesitation) because the invite was from Grace, who I totally adore!!!  But, I was nervous.  I don’t take pictures, especially not outside, because, well, I have the whole visually impaired, partially sighted, low vision, cataracts, blindness thing going on.  I had no idea what I was going to do. Continue reading “Partially Sighted Irony”

B&W Photo Challenge – Day 5

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the black and white photo challenge by Grace, the creator of MS Graceful…NOT  If you aren’t familiar with Grace, go and check out her blog, and meet a woman who is strong as hell, funny, kind, talented and can swear with the best of them.  I am honored that she is my friend!

You know there are always rules to everything in life! The rules for this are straightforward. Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day  (Participate if you feel compelled to do so).

 

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B&W Photo Challenge – Day 4

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the black and white photo challenge by Grace, the creator of MS Graceful…NOT  If you aren’t familiar with Grace, go and check out her blog, and meet a woman who is strong as hell, funny, kind, talented and can swear with the best of them.  I am honored that she is my friend!

You know there are always rules to everything in life! The rules for this are straightforward. Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day  (Participate if you feel compelled to do so).

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B&W Photo Challenge-Day 3

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the black and white photo challenge by Grace, the creator of MS Graceful…NOT  If you aren’t familiar with Grace, go and check out her blog, and meet a woman who is strong as hell, funny, kind, talented and can swear with the best of them.  I am honored that she is my friend!

You know there are always rules to everything in life! The rules for this are straightforward. Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day  (Participate if you feel compelled to do so).

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B&W Photo Challenge – Day 2

I was tagged a few days ago to participate in the black and white photo challenge by Grace, the creator of MS Graceful…NOT  If you aren’t familiar with Grace, go and check out her blog, and meet a woman who is strong as hell, funny, kind, talented and can swear with the best of them.  I am honored that she is my friend!

You know there are always rules to everything in life! The rules for this are straightforward. Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day. 

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Because I always have to be a bit of a rule bender,  I am inviting anyone who is compelled to participate,  to please do so!!!!!

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