Letter To Ganymede

Ganymede

*This is in memory of my Familiar, Ganymede. We spent more than 14 years together. This is not a poem meant to be proper or contain rhyme or reason. It’s for her and she’ll understand.*

 

LETTER TO GANYMEDE

Dear Ganymede, Princess of princes, moon to the Gods
The most precious Soul to ever leave me reeling in
A seemingly unending grief
Wondering in my own beliefs

Diamond-like eyes sparkling sage
Oh how my oddities you never seemed to see
I am an outrage, an anomaly
Disturbing in my humanity

Happy I used to be
That first time you met me
Lost is my spirit now
As I spiraled low

But stand by me you did
No matter how black
My soul reflected
Death of a girl

Bitter old woman is near
My own life I feared
You gave me reasons to fly
When I really just wanted to die

Razor in hand
Road rage is real
Cutting reality out of my heart
Looking at you killed that deadly art

You gave me a thousand motives
To live and laugh
All having to do with you
Now I have nothing

You replaced all
All men
All children
All life abroad

How can I go on
When I have nothing
Gone is the gold
Gone is the bright

Water of the moon stopped stirring
Gently flowing back through space
Zeus called his beloved prince away
Back to Olympus to stay

Copyright 2014 Wanda S. Paryla

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Sex in Young Adult Novels and How I Treat It

Amber Skye Forbes

Last night I found a post on my Facebook feed linking to this article by Cindi Madsen. It’s a good reminder that young adult novels are for teens. In the past I read a comment by a woman, somewhere on some article, who claimed she didn’t like YA fiction because there weren’t enough “steamy scenes.” I’m going to be frank here: If you want steamy sex scenes, retreat to the romance section of the adult market or pick up an erotica novel. Not all adult novels have sex in them, either, because the entirety of what it means to be an adult doesn’t rest on this idea that you’re not an adult until you’ve had sex. Both young adulthood and adulthood are much more complex than that. There are teens who want to wait to have sex, just as there are adults who want to wait until they are married…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL MY READERS WHO ARE IN LOVE WITH LOVE, IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE, OR EVEN IN LOVE WITH THEMSELVES. THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS (OTHER THAN JUST WHAT CUPID CAN DO TO) TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY. SO IF YOU ARE SINGLE, DON’T LET BEING SINGLE OR ALONE GET YOU DOWN.

HERE’S ONE PIECE OF TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF THAT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU. I’VE GOTTEN ABOUT FIVE (5) VALENTINE’S GIFTS IN MY LIFE FROM A BOYFRIEND OR A GUY I WAS DATING.  I’VE HAD VERY FEW LONG RELATIONSHIPS.  I’M 44 & STILL WAITING ON MY PRINCE CHARMING, MY MAN, MY GUY, MY BABE, MY COUNTERPART TO SHOW UP. MAYBE HE NEVER WILL.

SOME OF MY FAMILY SAY IT’S BECAUSE I’M TOO PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO MEN. MAYBE. BUT THAT’S THE POINT. I HAVE THE CHOICE AND I CHOSE BEING ALONE AS OPPOSED TO SETTLING FOR THE SAKE OF NOT BEING SINGLE. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN MARRIAGE MINDED, AND IN MY DREAMY MIND MARRIAGE WAS MEANT TO LAST. PLUS, ONE CAN BE ALONE AND STILL BE TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER.

THE BEST VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS I’VE EVER GOTTEN CAME FROM ME.  😉

CHEERS!