Silver Lining

Blithe Anderson
Apr 13, 2020 · 1 min read
Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

My right eardrum ruptured when I was assaulted by a man 8 years my senior
But it makes for good volume control at night
Deaf ear facing the ceiling, the low hum of the furnace disappears

I am confined to a small windowless room during a pandemic
My twinkle lights shine bright
And the morning light never wakes me

An earthquake shook my asbestos-laden home,
Stealing all sense of safety
But my furniture makes every place I land feel like home

It is Easter and there is no family get-together
But mom is making fancy potatoes
She gave me an Easter basket of candy and socks

I don’t have an Easter dress to wear this year
But I’ve put on a colorful shirt and let my hair down
I have never felt more festive

Mom goes to work at the hospital after two weeks quarantine
I may not get to hug her for many months
But she is my hero

I said I’d never move back home
Yet here I am again for the sixth time
But I no longer feel shame

I feel gratitude, immense
For the silver
Lining my life

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Blithe Anderson

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Assemblage

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Blithe Anderson

Written by

In a partnership with the English language; on a mission to dispel myths, bridge gaps, and draw boundaries.

Assemblage

A collection of things or people. An object made of pieces fitted together. A work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects. A publication on Medium.

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