December 30th, 2017


Poem: "Disorientation and Reorientation"

This poem is spillover from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "herbs" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo, and the "skeletons in the closet" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features dysfunctional family dynamics, extreme stress, an attempt at family therapy that winds up with a therapist helping the abused teen report to the police and seek foster care, sex/gender issues, extreme gender abuse along with assorted other terrible parenting, Riley's mother is a habitual liar (and his father goes along with it), Riley's father is a terrible communicator (and his mother goes along with it), estrangement as a consequence of ruinous lies, broadcasting thoughts/feelings due to high stress and new-ish superpowers, venting, touch starvation, iffy handling of new superpowers, reproductive damage due to surgeries intended to correct intersex features now causing complications, difficulty with gender identity due to rampant deceit and gender abuse, pronoun issues, confusion, misery, trust issues, puberty challenges, revenge fantasies, fear of hurting people, talking about various kinds of abuse, fear of forced sterilization, indecision over orientation, superpowers require more complex sexual education, gaslighting, Riley considers running away from home, Dr. G has a mini-panic-attack over possibly losing someone else that way after Glyn ran off, exploring foster care options, reporting child abuse to the police, sibling issues, and other angst. Readers with sex/gender issues, dysfunctional families, and/or therapy issues may find this poem fraught reading. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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