What to Do with the Story You Wish Wasn’t True about You

Little Black Sheep
I read Ashley Cleveland’s memoir,
“Little Black Sheep”
and felt she was sitting next to me,
telling the story.

So many things she wrote
I heard Ma say,
like how all she could think about
for so many years
was how to get a drink.

“Nobody understands what that’s like,” Ma said.

I would say to Ma,
“You should write that down somewhere,”
but Ma couldn’t commit to paper
stuff she wished wasn’t true about her.

“But if you write it,
someone may read it one day
and feel less alone.”

* * *

I think of all the people
with a story they wish wasn’t true
and how the words in their head,
“Nobody will ever want to read about this”
keep them from writing it.

And I hope they all find a way.

I’m writing from 6 to 8 AM these days and get more done than I did when I had all day. Go figure. 🙂

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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2 Responses to What to Do with the Story You Wish Wasn’t True about You

  1. Beth Havey says:

    Glad that your writing schedule is working, Marilyn. I am trying to get on one,
    but there always seems to be something in my way. HAVE TO CHANGE THAT! Beth


  2. Belinda says:

    Marilyn, thank you as always, for a thought provoking post! I’m so happy for you finding that magical writing time that is perfect. For me of late, I’m so busy that I’m finding myself waiting until I can stand it no more and have to sit down and write no matter what else waits to be done! 🙂 Somehow, writing will out! 🙂


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