I've been writing so much lately that I'm afraid I'll get burned out, so yesterday, while I didn't do zero writing (had to write today's poem, after all), I did a lot of other things. I watched some mindless TV, I picked Austin up at the airport (my life as the unofficial UNLV MFA McCarran Airport Chauffeur continues), Lulu and I LEFT THE HOUSE and went to the Frog for dinner (J.D. gave us a piece of his maple-bacon birthday cake--yum!), I read comics (finished up Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days, specifically). It was delightful.
Will I do more writing today? That remains to be seen. I definitely want to go running. I definitely want to read some more of The Master and Margarita. I need a good, solid chunk of time to write the next section of my novel--I can tell it's going to take a while.
In mildly disturbing news, some asshole scrawled a bunch of misogynist, hateful shit about my roommate (not by name, but by description) on one of the stairs leading to our apartment. I haven't experienced any harassment based solely on the fact that I have a vagina in a while, so I guess it's about due, as depressing as that reality may be. I lived in a big city for years--I've been catcalled, followed, and groped by horrible people more times than I can count. Not that women who don't live in cities are never harassed. Like I said, that kind of just goes along with having a vagina. Neither Lulu nor I have been directly confronted by anyone, so unless something else happens, I think we're just going to try to scrub it out. It was probably just some dumbass kid. Furthermore, I've got pepper spray and Lulu has a taser, so I'm not sure we're the ones who should be afraid.
Anyway, this unfortunate incident provided inspiration for today's poem.
We've Come So Far
Slurs scrawled on a staircase.
Do you think that will scare us?
Those slurs were scrawled on us
as little girls.
We've come to terms
that only appear at night.
We've had unwanted
We've had unwanted
in all our softest places.
Your words mean nothing.
They are the whir of a wireless router.
They are the instruction booklet no one reads.