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Invisible

“Invisible”

 

I’m the one nobody sees…

skin draped in dark hues of violet, black, yellow, and olive green.

Tears silently pour in streams, down my cheeks.

Hands clenched with pent-up rage.

I’m the one nobody hears…

though I tell you my worst fears.

Confiding in you, sharing with you secret scars.

Trusting blindly, placing in you a hope.

I’m the one for whom nobody cares…

I’m the nerd, the geek, the outcast, the freak.

I’m the gifted, the challenged, the special

I’m the one who simply can’t measure up

Only when finally broken am I seen or heard.

Like air, I am there…

When wounded, I bleed…

So why?

Why does it take the tragedy,

of death,

spoken with a loaded gun?

To make you see,

 make you hear,

 make me no longer… invisible.

Why does it take such tragedy,

to get you to see and understand how I feel?

Why does it take such needless loss,

to make me and my pain truly real?

 

Written by: Renee D. Burreson October 2017

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Beyond Color

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There is an issue that is close to my heart. One of which throughout history, media, and even fiction that tends to get swept under the rug. It is time we looked at one another beyond color, beyond gender, and even more importantly… beyond one’s disabilities.

I’ve read a number of titles where individuals who are mentally, emotionally, or physically impaired are made out to be totally bonkers if not serial. The media promotes this cruel image like the government mass produces money.

All I can say is, it’s really disheartening.

So when fiction, news, and media go on and on about racial issues and gender issues I have to ask: what about those who can’t speak for themselves?

Up Close and Personal

The very heart of this matter has struck me on a personal level, so perhaps that’s why it’s so important to me not only as a person and a mother but as a writer.

This week I’ve not only had to face the reality that the world isn’t always as accepting and tolerant as I’d like. It’s also blind, ignorant, or simply not informed.

Did you know 8 out of 10 disabled children are bullied?

Did you know at least 7 out of ten people with individuals are abused?

Did you know as many as 83% of females and 32% of males who are disabled are victims of sexual assault?

Did you know as that 68% of girls with intellectual disabilities and 30% of boys with intellectual disabilities will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday?

Did you know 1 in 5 people have a disability?

So why is it that these same individuals are cast in such a shady light? Why is it so much of the fictional and non-fictional world is so cruel to them?

As a mother of a  child with special needs, I have but one question…

Why is it always only about race or gender?

 

 

 

 

The Miranda Sings Award

The Miranda Sings Award

Thank you, Roda, from Growing Self for nominating me for this award. This reward is all about self-love, and to be honest, I hold the belief that there always remains room to grow. Check out Roda’s blog! If you are looking for a journey, Growing Self makes for a phenomenal one!

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Rules:

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I love about myself:

  1. I’m creative. Whether it is putting words to paper, looking for ways to decorate the home or enhance my child with special need’s quality of life… there’s usually a creative twist. 

 

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This was a cake I made for my youngest’s 3rd birthday. No, not from scratch, but I’m getting there. The design was all mine along with the decorating.

2. I’m empathetic. I’ll share in your joy, fear, anger, disappointment, and sorrow.  When some of my friends, family, acquaintances, and sometimes even perfect strangers cry… or hurt I find myself shedding tears right along with them. 

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3. I’m a devoted mom. Becoming a mother is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. There’s no one in this entire earth I love more fiercely than I do my little boys. There’s no one else I’m more dedicated to than them. I’ll fight whatever battles I have to in order to make sure their needs are met. 

4. I’m a learner. I strongly believe that you go to your deathbed learning. It never stops. You learn something new every day. While I may not be in the classroom, I’m always reading and always learning. Does that make me a little bit of a geek or a nerd? Perhaps, but it’s NOT something to be ashamed of! 

5. I’m passionate.  I love fiercely and can be quite determined as well as loyal. When I’m passionate about something, it shows. I’m guilty of wearing my heart on my sleeve. 

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6. I’m perseverant. When things become challenging or difficult, despite any urgings I might have, I’m not the type to give up. As I believe the things that are most worth it in this life, are those you need to be willing to fight for, I keep going. Even if it means shedding some tears, punching some pillows, or having a venting session… like Dori, I just keep swimming. 

7. I take pleasure in simple things.  It’s the simple things we often take for granted. I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart sometimes simply to have the ability to sit down and cuddle with my sons, see or smell the roses and flowers as we go, and take in the cold crisp air after a morning rain. 

Renee’s Nominees: 

 

 

 

NanoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

This November I’m aiming to take another shot at NaNoWriMo. It is my hope to take what started as a college assignment that transformed into a nearly 10k piece, into a full-fledged 50k to 80k novella or novel.

Seeking Justice

Title: Seeking Justice

 

Finish date: While it may be pushing me beyond my limits, I’m hoping to finish before the end of November. If not, I’ll put as many words as I can to the page. I’ll literally be bleeding out ink!

Genre: Western, Fantasy, Fiction… with some historical accuracy.

 Story: After Angela Sue McWright watches her daddy get shot in cold blood, she takes up his badge and goes on a manhunt… seeking Justice.

 

 

 

The Cautious Pen

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make […]

Writing is more than a hobby or practice of mine, its an art. Its a form of expression, an outlet, and even a deeply rooted passion as well as ambition.

There are times though, as I stare at the page that I find myself scrutinizing what’s there. Sometimes, I’m not sure why.

Then, I came upon this… some great advice for the cautious pen.

via Writers Tips #102: 17 Tips from The Careful Writer — WordDreams…

Autumn Reads

Autumn Reads

Fall is almost upon us. The days are growing shorter, and gradually becoming colder. Autumn can be a beautiful season, with its various colors and smells.

So for some Autumn inspiration, some autumn poetry from some of my favorite poets.

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Until this morning, I don’t believe I have ever heard of or read the work of Helen Barclay.  Her “Leaves of Autumn” is perfect for getting ready for the crisp Autumn weather.

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Fall Horrors

Fall Horrors

Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday. While it’s fun to dress up as princesses, pirates, ninjas, zombies, and more. The cavities and the chills are sometimes a bit too much for me. Yet, each year there’s something I do like clockwork.

What’s that?

Well, in honor of one of the most creatively misunderstood minds, and genius with gothic and chilling tales…

I sit and read or watch The Tell Tale Heart!

 

I’m thinking of making myself a list of must reads and watch for this perfectly haunting time of year.

What are some of your favorite chilling capers?