Whatever It Takes

Sometimes she explodes. It’s not pretty.  She buys several mirrors to watch for signs of approaching combustion.  She enrolls in yoga classes, starts kick-boxing, gets a Buddha tattoo. Friends tell her everyone has bad moments.

She reads books: It’s habit. It’s buried pain. It’s bi-polar. Re-frame. See a counselor. Pray.  She gets her tongue pierced as a reminder to stop.

One day a stranger at a market hands her a key. “Why are you so mad at yourself?”

She starts conversations with the person in her mirror. At first it sucks.

After awhile, they both smile.


© 2017   T J Barnum

Initially published by http://www.thedrabble.com/



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