I’m a horrible mother. And a terrifically good mother. And a no nonsense mother and a spastic, nonsensical type of female who keeps parking crookedly and forgets the word for fork sometimes, and then other times I feed people my brilliance.
I don’t think any of us were meant to be good at this.
But I think that’s okay. I think for the first time ever, there’s no good mother Olympics, no gold to be won.
There are mistakes and bruises and tears and the way she looks at me like she’s known me before she was born and wishes she’d never met my face.
It’s the same way I look into the mirror sometimes.
But there are those other crystal clear moments, a love abundant, a love like Christ’s, where I can feel it all weaving together, broken skin healing and that sound she makes when she breathes.
Step one, we are alive.
Step two, start living,
Step three, write down, paper to pen.
But dear Ava,
You now know the truth.
There’s an organization called Scarlet Hope that is everything the world should be.
It’s aim is to help women remove themselves from the adult entertainment industry by offering transitional-living, career counseling, housing, mentoring, transportation, and drug rehabilitation. They give women the option of living a more hopeful life for themselves and their children.
This organization has gotten me think about ways that I can help. Volunteering my time is a little difficult right now, so I figured I could offer my talent and treasure instead. This is why I’m relaunching Tipsy Lit, and I’m currently looking for poetry submissions.
My aim is to regularly publish poetry chapbooks that reflect the human soul and raise money for charitable organizations like Scarlet Hope. Published poets will receive a free PDF, ePub, or mobi copy for the amazing gift they’ve given the world.
Below is a chapbook of my own poetry that I’ve published under the Tipsy Lit imprint. The book is a $1 (it only comes in a PDF version), and all proceeds will be going to Scarlet Hope.
Thank you to everyone who purchases a copy.
Too Human: A Poetry Chapbook
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