Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "The Light Inside"

This poem came out of the March 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


"The Light Inside"


Turq stood in front of the vending machine,
trying to make out the dim forms inside
so that he could make his selection. It had
taken him a while to find enough coins,
but he had them now, jingling hopefully.

The sign on the tall glass front read,
The light inside has broken but I still work.

"Me too, vending machine, me too,"
Turq whispered as he ordered up
the Screamin' Squirrel Treats.

"Vending machine broken?"
said a familiar voice, and Turq
turned to see Janie standing there.

"No, it still takes coins and gives out
candy, just the light is busted," Turq said.

"I should talk to the owner -- I can
probably get it going again," Janie said.

"Please don't," Turq said. "This is
my favorite vending machine because
the light inside of it is broken."

Janie regarded him curiously
for a moment, and then nodded.
"All right, I'll leave it alone" she agreed.

She patted the vending machine
on the side, put in several coins,
and then reached into the bottom
for a packet of Jumble Munch
in the Caramel Craze flavor.

"It's okay to be a little broken,"
Janie said. "Maybe we could all
use a reminder of that sometimes."

* * *

Notes:

See the vending machine.

Feeling broken inside is a common reaction to betrayal or other trauma. It is important to acknowledge these feelings in order to work through them, just as it is important to accommodate a broken leg while it heals. Here are some tips for coping when you feel broken inside.

Screamin' Squirrel is a Terramagne-American character used to market both healthy snacks and fitness. The commercials feature Screamin' Squirrel in various sporty activities, with a moral or safety technique demonstrated, and a snack type appropriate to it. They are funny enough that people enjoy watching them. Screamin' Squirrel treats are peanut shaped protein snacks, similar to small protein bars.

Acceptance is a basic human need, which has its ups and downs. It is especially crucial for someone with mental issues. Validation offers one way to communicate acceptance. There are many ways to support a broken friend.

Jumble Munch is kind of like a sweet, candied trail mix or granola. It has a combination of nuts, oat clusters, dried fruit, and/or other goodies depending on the flavors. Caramel Craze has caramelized granola clusters, pie-spiced candied nuts, and golden raisins coated in vanilla yogurt. I couldn't find anything quite like it in L-American resources, alas, but I did find some recipes you could combine to replicate it. Check out the Salted Caramel Granola, Slow Cooker Candied Nuts, and How to Make Yogurt-Covered Raisins.
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