So I meant to post this for Valentine’s Day, but didn’t quite get my shit together in time LOL! But I thought I’d go ahead and post it anyway. It’s something I’ve thought about writing for a while, but only recently did the idiom for it really come together. That was part of the reason I didn’t get it up in time for Valentine’s. But then, just this past week, I was listening to Eve Ensler’s absolutely amazing memoir In The Body Of The World, which I cannot recommend highly enough that people read by whatever modality! (PSA, it’s available in audiobook, performed by the author. Yay!) And although the subject-matter’s different, hearing her way of writing – part poem, part dramatic monologue – really made something fall into place for me. And I could finally hear how to write this piece!
(Note, the section that begins and ends with quotation-marks at the bottom is not my own writing, but rather the words to one of my favourite Unitarian-Universalist hymns that I learned back when I belonged to a UU congregation. I was praying about the desires and concerns expressed in this poem/monologue after finishing writing it, and that hymn popped into my head, feeling like an answer if a strange one. So it felt important to include it here!)