[POEM] the veil of ordinary

She hides behind a veil of ordinary, faking her way through the domesticity that sedates society and makes her friends happy. But it’s the silence that chews at her heart. She takes pictures to remind her of the pain, carefully crafted and staged, cryptic and poetic. Now they’ll know, she thinks, without her having to tell the world she failed at this expectation: two kids, mortgage, dinner on the table, craft table with neatly organized boxes. I want to scream, who keeps telling us it’s ok to pretend? Who keeps telling us we’re supposed to fake it. I’ve never been good at hiding behind veils. I am extraordinary. My pain and suffering is written vividly across my eyes, scorched with black ink into my forearm, in the metal in my nose, washed down the drain with the purple dye from my hair, in the swallow of pills every morning. But so is my joy. I can open up a soul with my eyes. Peel away layers of harden skin with my touch. This is not an ordinary thing. Why hide behind the ordinary? Everyone is suffering. Why pretend to celebrate the mundane, the white fence, the ideal life? Paint your fence magenta and dance along the top, peer out over the shadows of your pots and pans and notice the clouds shifting shapes above the mountains. Wear your pain vividly along the stiches of your sleeves. I promise you someone will catch you when you fall. For every five people who judge you, one person will fall madly in love with your spirit. Embrace the extraordinary in you, and fall madly in love with yourself.

About Gina Marie Thompson

writer • mom • mountain biker • outdoor adventurer • educator • social justice crusader • seeker of love & beauty• living locally • I CHOOSE LOVE ❤️
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