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Bruised  'A Sparrow Stirs it's Wings' ~ Debut Poetry Book

°•♡* Even the heathens used to suck on their Mama's titty.
There was a time the addicts cried
for milk and that was enough.
Those babies grew with love in their hearts and
still the world beat them down.
People, beat them down.
I've watched everyone I've ever loved reach out for comfort.
I've watched them all reach for a damn fix too.
But I don't get mad.
You know why I don't get mad?
Because those babies grew into children,
suffered at the hands of men claiming to be human and
they've been gagging on trauma ever since.
But no-one's there to pat their backs.
Couldn't soothe the colic,
can't help heave the vomit.
There is no support system.
Just little girls hiding behind big tits and long eyelashes,
painting smiles onto their faces,
as if foundation hides the streak of tears,
we know it doesn't.
Little boys, bruised, looking up at men that fathered
them and then taught them everything love isnt,
through their fists.
Rape, carried behind their eyelids,
beatings still living beneath their skin.
There was no fucking hero.
Just small people, reaching for a bottle,
reaching for a titty that's dried up,
a fucking hand to hold that can't be found,
because Jesus, to touch them,
would be to risk the plague.
And you walk by.
I have watched these people crumble.
I have watched them stomach grief,
living with a bad taste on their tongue,
struggling to spit the pain from their lungs and
I have watched them fight.
The shame in their chests,
the weight on their shoulders,
their broken heart's barely beating.
They were anything but weak.
And you think you're better than them,
because you carry your pain in your pockets and
you can handle the heavy that weighed them down/
You did not live their path.
I guess I do get mad,
when their bodies convulse,
when they throw up as much as they choked down,
when they laugh admist the agony of overdose.
But not with them.
With those of you that think you're a fucking
gift to the planet,
but can't be a gift to a brother.
The addicts don't disgust me,
humanity does.
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Last Call to Submit Writing and/or Art for "We Will Not Be Silenced" Anthology
Midnight, Monday 15th October is the deadline for submitting art/writing/poetry, this is an important, very timely project at a critical stage in history, your voices need to be heard!

Bruised But Not Broken, Whisper and the Roar, Indie Blu(e), and Blood Into Ink are joining forces to publish an anthology about the lived experience of sexual harassment and assault. We believe that it is more important than ever before that more voices speak out and reclaim their strength by owning their survival stories. All contributors, female and male, can submit up to three pieces of creative work- these can include; Poetry, Prose, Essay, Short Fiction, Prose, or original Artwork, but should be limited in length (under 1,000 words) considering that this is an anthology. You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider nonacceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole. Submission of previously published pieces is acceptable if you still own the rights to your work. Artwork can be submitted in black and white OR color but all artwork should be black and white compatible. Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable. All submissions should be sent to by midnight, Monday, October 15, 2018.

Writers and artists will retain the publishing rights to their individual submitted pieces. Indie Blu(e) will retain the rights to the collection We Will Not Be Silenced.

Pieces accepted for the Anthology may be used in whole or in part to promote the Anthology. All writers and artists will be appropriately credited in all promotional materials.

Should the royalties from sales of the Anthology exceed the costs of publishing and promoting the Collection, 70% of the royalties above these costs will be donated to organizations that support survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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