My Friend with the Wrinkled Brow


There are days my friend, with the wrinkled brow, sits with me and tells me her story.

The one she tells me today goes something like this:  I’m a forty-year old woman. I have eight children; where they are I do not know. I live my life on the street; it is safer than going home to him. When I do go home, grandmother tries to shield me in her loving arms from the terrors of the night.  I cry – my belly is so empty -but no one seems to hear. I drain the water and drinks from the glasses left by others- I am so parched. Can no one see me? Does anyone know my name?

I was tired of the abuse so one morning, after they had a long night, I escaped.  I didn’t have a plan, food, or friends.  I just had to leave. After days of wandering, almost giving up hope, a nice family found me starving on the side of the road.The bones protruded;  I was gaunt. They took me to a shelter for the abused;  they promised to help me regain my strength and find a place for me to live.

I live in a warm house now with children and a friend. I always have plenty to eat, a warm bed, and most importantly love.

My friend, Ginger, is sitting on my lap. She is looking up at me, this very moment,with her wrinkled brow.  There is so much she can’t tell me- so many tales she is glad are in her past.

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Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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22 Comments

    1. glad you liked it – my gal does have an interesting tale – she has taught me her survival techniques

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  1. The moment I read your headline, I thought of my big ol’ doofus of a dog and his expressive brow. Great TT.

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  2. Very creative. I love the surprise ending. If our pets could talk they would probably tell us things that would break our hearts. Great TT post.

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  3. You wrote that with such elegance and feeling, it nearly broke my heart.

    Just a quick thank you for stopping by my place this week on TT.

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