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May 19th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge — LiveJournal
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
 ... and why they sometimes jam.

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It rained earlier today, wiping out my first attempt at yardening. :/ Now it is partly sunny, blustery, and mild.

I got out to feed the birds. Today I have seen sparrows, doves, grackles, a pair of robins, a pair of cardinals, a pair of goldfinches, an indigo bunting, a catbird, and a rabbit. :D

I trimmed weeds around part of the septic garden, then planted gladioli bulbs and some wildflower seeds.

EDIT 5/19/19: I finished trimming around the septic garden and planted more wildflower seeds there.

EDIT 5/19/19: I started trimming around the wagonwheel garden and put some gladioli in there.

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This poem came out of the May 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "Eight of Arrows - Struggle" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem is posted as protest against recent attacks on women's health and freedom by Alabama and Georgia. (This also impact everyone else with a working uterus, followed by collateral damage to their friends and family.) You can help by joining the boycott.

Warning: This poem features intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly also triggers. It includes misogyny, politics, Pagan spirituality, feminism, anti-South sentiments, anti-Christian sentiments, a 13-year-old girl pregnant by incest and forced to carry the baby, medical references, apparent miscarriage, forced affect, theft, punitive pregnancy in men who raped people, lack of sex education, and other challenges. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if you want to read onward.

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