“Life is Fragile”

Blowing rocks, it is high tide

We tell each other this isn’t goodbye

Left behind the sunshine

Now we are lost

In hidden places beyond the shadows

Our love was tossed

A whispered wish in the wind

God please forgive me for I have sinned

He can’t sleep, the rain is falling

The path of darkness, you’ll find him crawling

Tears blast from her eyes

Outside the lightning strikes

Bitter cold and off color, ready to let go

In that moment He chose love

And told the Devil NO!!!

In the sky a spill of stars

He sees her halo, thou she is far

He’s finally getting off the ground

Emerging from the dark

She smiles back at him

And the both feel that amazing spark

Holding hands, their hearts awaken

There healed hearts no longer breaking

Moon light, lovers laughing

Waves break, water crashing

Life is fragile, their love remains

Together happily ever after

They grow old and go insane

They hold each other, go to sleep

And written on there stone

A beautiful carving that says

K J Loves Stacey

And they finally made it home

Stacey Legate

“It is said that all relationships serve one of two purposes – entertainment or educational.”

I learned many things but the lesson I find the most important is this – even the darkest storm cloud truly does have a silver lining.  I honestly say he changed who I am at the very core, for the better I believe.  My whole life I was right brained like my father.  A math whiz, very compulsive, with a tendency to be ridged.  I desperately longed to be more like my left brained mom – creative, artistic and flexible.  But no amount of art classes, practice, or encouragement from mom could change the reality that I lacked artistic talent.  Then along came prince charming – boxing my ears, bashing my head into walls and floors, and often choking me until I’d lose consciousness.  I thought he was going to end my life but thanks to the amazing healing powers of the human brain he gave me a new life.  The life of an artist.  Most of the damage was sustained on the right side of my brain, the left side began to compensate and I grew stronger.  I now get to experience life as a left-brain person.  Few folks get the chance to be both right and left brained in their life.  So I consider what my abusive (soon to be ex) husband gave me a unique wedding gift and a serious lesson in seeing the positive in absolutely any situation.
Angela Specker

Left to right

My second marriage certainly qualified as a learning experience.  I learned many, many things in that brief time but the lesson I find the most important is this—even the darkest storm cloud truly does have a silver lining.  I can honestly say he changed who I am at the very core, for the better I believe.  My whole life I was very left brained like my father; a math whiz, very compulsive and rigid. I wanted desperately to be more like my right brained mom; she is creative, artistic and flexible.  No amount of art classes, practice, or encouragement from mom could change the reality that I lacked artistic talent.  Then Prince Charming came along—boxing my ears, bashing my heed into walls and floors, and often choking me until I lost consciousness.  I thought he’d end my life but thanks to the amazing powers of the human brain he gave me a new life—the life of an artist.  Because most of the damage was sustained on the left side of my brain, the right began to compensate and grew stronger.  I may struggle with basic math now but I’m enjoying being a right brained person.    Few folks get to experience being both left and right brained in one lifetime.  I consider that my abusive jerk of a husband gave me a very unique wedding gift, the gift or artistic abilities.  He taught me a serious lesson in seeing the positive in any situation!

Angela Specker

LIVING DOLL

My deepest feelings are man made

I’m a toy.  Wanna play?

Aren’t I cute and just so sweet?

But inside this casing is flesh and meat.

Strengthened by spirit and bones

Sorry dear…what I’ve got you’ll never own

For the right price though you may try

But you’ll surely die inside

Look in the mirror…Little snake

For oneself to forsake.

Ashley Brynn Morales

Oral Fix

One of the decided benefits of my stay here in this DOC mandated rehab is my toothbrush.  Ok-yes, gone are the days or wrestling with a (barely) 3 inch plastic stump, straining my numbed fingers to maneuver the all-too-swiftly-tired bristles into position to snag those pesky food fragments trapped in the nether regions of my mouth.  Gone, also, are the mornings of bleary-eyed grappling with a stubby stick too short even to stir an average cup of coffee.  (Not that I’d want to.)  And no more standing at the sink, my forearm immersed nearly to the wrist in my foam-drooling maw, grappling with the MCDC-issued implement pursuit of oral hygiene.

Now, I have it all-a deluxe high-end apparatus of dental dexterity.  A veritable Cadillac of cavity cleaner, a BMW of a breath freshener, a Mercedes of mouth cleanliness-it is mine!  Measuring nearly 8 inches, this sleek beauty features an ergonomically molded handle complete with 3 strategically placed  patches of gripper bumps, and a flat oval on the hand end bottom (for upright stability when set down on the bathroom countertop.)  The brush head has 3 different colored bristles, arranged in a pattern that’s no doubt to ensure maximum debris removal.  Their wavering heights are apparently designed to further assist in complete cleaning of the oral area. And-lookie here!-at the tip end of the brush, an angled tuft of specialized bristles gets down to the gum line efficiently.  But wait-there’s more!  On each side of the brush head, attached firmly as limpets to a rock, there are 3 tapering points of flexible plastic to massage those gums and promote that all-important healthy circulation.

Aaah-today, I revel at the dual control sink, sweeping my canines, incisors, and molars with blissful abandon, delighted that the dark days of dinky dental devices are well in the past!

Dorm B eat your heart out!   Or rather, eat and then see just how much you wish that you had a supreme scrubber like mine!

Sapphire