Day 7 GloPoWriMo: I Feel Sunshine

Rose Sanderson and fellow protesters 1913, marching for womens rights.

The less you talk, the more you’re listened to ~ Pauline Phillips

I Feel Sunshine – (reading time: 00:58:57)

I was born after Mum ate an abundance of chilli, and then took a walk on the sand dunes. That’s when all the wailing began. Not Mum, the doc knocked her out cold, back then natural birth was a distraction to everyone involved. It was me, little girl, black hair thick as a rug. Oh my god, said the nurse, or so I’m told, she has a full head of hair. They tied a pink bow in it. Took a photo. And as soon as I could sit upright, I was taught to shut up. Sit up and shut up. Mum was so proud that I was once mistaken for a doll sitting on the sofa. Me, listening, listening behind my invisible fence. Me, the first born, the source of all my mother’s tales, me listening, listening, even as an ageing woman – old – that’s such a finicky definition, keeping my mouth shut, and listening. As for Pauline Phillips, I’d say, Unless you speak, you’ll lose your voice.

Some feel the rain
Some feel the rivers shift
I feel sunshine


Written for Writers Digest, PA, an abundance poem, and Glo/NaPoWriMo Day 7 Argue against, or somehow question, a proverb or saying. Image: 1913 Feb. 10 Photograph shows suffragists Rose Sanderman (holding horn) and Elizabeth Freeman (right). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008 and 2010. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #glopowrimo #napowrimo on Twitter

15 responses to “Day 7 GloPoWriMo: I Feel Sunshine”

  1. Sit up and shut up. Don’t speak until you’re spoken to. I can hear those words ringing down the years loud and clear. You brought it all flooding back.

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  2. Haibunilicious work, Misk. Thanks. We had to be silent children if an adult was within earshot, unless they asked you something (which they never did). Have a great day.

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  3. Wow. Wonderful.
    For me…for my beautiful 19-year-old daughter…
    this calls to mind Halsey’s song “Castle:”
    “I’m headed straight for the castle
    They’ve got the kingdom locked up
    And there’s an old man sitting on the throne
    That’s saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut”

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