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Once upon a time Once upon a time
by Abigail George
2018-01-28 11:24:50
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Once upon a time

I’ve been living underground
like graffiti, the grunge scene,
gravity and volcanic rock for
the longest time. I’ve been many things in my life.
Feminist. Romantic. Poet.
Aunt. Independent woman.
Christian. Sister. Daughter.
Ex. Girlfriend. I’ve clothed myself in veil-and-shroud.
Having the presence of a
child around me has changed
all of that. I want to be a
good woman. I want to give and love
and most of all be kind. I
don’t want to think that suffering is
noble anymore. I want to put away my loneliness inside a kind of Pandora’s box.
Along with my solitude. The futility that I’ve carried around like baggage with me for the longest time.
I don’t want to say things like,
‘the longest time’ anymore. I
want to be happy and loyal to the people who love me.
I want to be loyal to the girl
inside my mother, My sister, my aunts, my cousins In the family way. Far away in America and Swaziland. South Africa.
I’m a nation. I’m a soldier. I’m a

warrior. I’m a servant girl.
I’m a nursemaid. Caregiver. Lover.
Fighter. Daily I take the vows of a nation, of a Christian-soldier, warrior, lowly servant girl, nursemaid, caregiver, lover, fighter.
I have the personality of the
sun on my side. The characteristics of
and morality of moonlight.
I can wail against the choices that
I’ve made in my short life or
I can embrace the watershed. The men and women, the translations of them that I’ve loved in my short life. If it’s been tragic-comic-significant-happy, it’s been that way from start to end.
And once I reach the finish line
I will meditate on the feasts and festivals that winter has brought me and I will savour the photographs, the special moments that summer has brought to me.

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"All about my mother" & "Brother Wolf and Sister Wren"
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