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A Neck like a Swan

I was a real dummy yesterday. When I woke up and looked out the kitchen window at 7 a.m., a man was walking a beautiful black and white pit bull past the house. However, he was having quite a difficult time, because my neighbor’s young shepherd had broken loose and was dancing around him and his dog. It was an unfolding nightmare, and I reacted instead of thinking my actions through. I started waving my arms about, bending this way and that, trying to catch the loose dog, who evaded me handily. Or “pawdily”, since dogs don’t have hands. 🙂

Anyhoo, I realized after the first five swipes at the dog that I was making a HUGE mistake, ’cause my neck started even then to feel like a rat that had been in the jaws of a rat terrier! So, you can imagine what it feels like now. In fact, I must end this abruptly, my pain level is hovering somewhere around “I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!

Goodnight…said the swan.

By Susan T. Martin

I am an Artist, Poet and Author. A Survivor of Violent Sexual Abuse and Rape, I have lived thru Severe Domestic Violence, Twenty Three years of Addiction and Alcoholism, Family Dysfunction, Chronic Pain, Dependence on Opioids, and 2 Venomous Snake Bites...I have Been Stabbed, Shot at, Tied to a Tree and Choked Unconscious. A Quarter Horse Rolled on Me, as did a Lawn Tractor. I also Wrecked a Harley into a Tree! I also have PTSD and Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder, and spent my 18th birthday in a Locked Psychiatric Ward. I am so much more than this: I feel like a tiny seed that sprouted in a desert, and now has grown into a Passion Vine. My Art is my Voice, Screaming, Crying, Praying, Loving, Laughing, Healing- all in Riotous Color...

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