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Have you heard this secret about women, Cowboy?

August 26, 2009

I was racing like mad. We had set a time, and I wanted to look fab. and not be late. It had been years since I had seen him, and well, I always had a crush hanging for a different time.

We met at the hole and the wall joint. I spotted his sculpted arms. Yum. Okay mine for the night. I zipped around the bar and kissed him on the cheek. How French of me. Wei Wei. I reached around him and ordered a drink, a Heineken.

“No please, it’s on me.” He says grabbing my bare arm.

“Wei thanks!” I chatter.

I wonder off to the pool sticks. I pick a few up a weigh them in my hand.

Jeans is here and notices me. He nods his head at me and smiles. I lift up my black thigh high boots, and look back up at him. I nod and smile, glancing at my Glacier. The now younger man once old. Or to Jeans, older man, but I don’t give a fuck.

Glacier and I play and isn’t long before Jeans walks up to talk to me. He looks at my ring, inspects it, then pushes my hand away.

“How have you been? I haven’t seen you around here for a while. I want you.” He whispers.

“I haven’t been around. I miss you too. I want you too. But I’m busy tonight, cowboy.” I say and smirk.


Of course it’s only a fantasy.


What Your Dreams Reveal and The Girl with Two Lives, Past and Present.

August 17, 2009

I giggle as the moon touches me. I’m sitting at the bus stop waiting for someone, but I don’t know who. Enzymes were blocked in my hippo-campus which is the memory hub. But I don’t know that.

Suddenly I’m on a bus. Hayden  is on the bus. The backseat is open. Hayden gets up and moves to the vacant backseat. I take his seat. My lives are streaming across my eyes. We cross a street. A drunk woman in slow motion is coming towards the bus in her vehicle. I can see her up close.


I am her.

“Stop, please,” my mind screams.  I look at the bus driver.

“Drive faster, quick!” my heart yells with everything it has.

The woman slams into the back of the bus. Everything goes black. I open my eyes and everyone is moving off the bus. My heart stops. It knows. I look back at Hayden. His body sits there lifeless in the very back of the bus. The only one touched and killed. The busy is empty now except him and I. I run towards Hayden and kneel down next to him, begging for his life back.

“I was supposed to be sitting there! Hayden, why? Where are you? I hate you, I was supposed to be sitting there! Hayden, NO! I love you! I scream as he sits slouched.

A man steps onto the bus. “He can hear you, keep talking to him.” He says to me. He then exits.

I look at the man, and then back at Hayden. I freeze. Then I see Scott’s smiling face. I think it was out of kindness, but I’m unsure now.


Suddenly I’m back seated on the bus stop bench. I’m waiting for ‘prince charming’ to rescue me from this foreign land. I hear a whisper in the wind, “revealing secrets from the past in your sleep.”

I wonder if he’ll show, and I Imagine his arrival.


Photography by Eleanor Hardwick. Much thanks.

Do you really need 20/20? I investigate.

August 17, 2009

matias-troncoso_ben-trovato18-722x481 Photography by Matias Troncoso.

Spectacle Woman

I wore glasses without lenses and I couldn’t see a damn thing. It was the fad. So were pastel colors and orange lipstick. I’m all the rage right now as I pose for the Danish cameraman who broke dishes in between takes.

It was tradition. We have large bonfires and burn almost everything old in sight. Five hoses wiggle in the yard, waiting. I close my eyes and make a wish. When I open them I’m in contacts and my face is ivory white.

The colors draw my mind in. And purple warms me. Red burns me. I twirl my locks around my finger. I’m nervous and my turtleneck is suffocating me. I grab the fabric at my neck and yank and stretch, singing the blues.

There’s a rhythm between what’s seen and what’s written. Color coordinated.

Answer Key:

astrid-salomon_ben-trovato13 Photography by Astrid Salomon.

It didn’t feel right. Sitting in the car with tall grass surrounding and I’m sinking!

August 12, 2009

I was woke up driven to solve the riddle of my life. My starved body moves quickly out of bed. I go downstairs and chat like a mad women to my mom on her wrap around deck overlooking a lake.

I grab the science magazines that I bought with the shrimp whose eye my boyfriend, Clutch has, to see special lights, I exclaim. I turn to another page, here is what his face is made of, jelly fish, I saw a piece on the floor the other day.

I run to her car and find an atlas on the floor. The page opens to Dallas, TX. I realize, that’s where I am. In a mock universe in Texas.


Photography by Dmon Prunner.

I run into the house and quickly tell my mother, Don’t you see, I have to get to the other universe, you’ll be there too. It was all this quantum physics I’d been reading. I run up to take a shower. I hear my mom on the phone.

We’ll drop her off at the hospital then. She says and hangs up.

Fuck no! I say.

I have to get to that point on the map. I run downstairs, skipping the shower, and grab her keys to her car. I jump in. She comes running out the house, but I have to go. I  peel up and out of her driveway.

I have no clue where I am so I grab the Atlas and turn it to Dallas, TX. I race back and forth, up and down county roads and dirt roads in this small town. I know they’re listening to me, so I rip the chords from her car, any chord I can find.


Photography by David Standish

I decide to follow the wind. Tall grass is everywhere. Then I start to sink. I jump out through the shallow pond I’m stuck in. I watch the car move slowly down further as I look around the farmland area. Nothing in sight. I begin to walk. I find an old train track that runs along a county road and a small boarded up town somewhere in middle America.


I pick up two red stained railroad pins from the broken tracks. I shove them into my back pockets for protection and mass weight, one never knows.

Teenage daughter hypersexual? Wait. Button your pants.

August 12, 2009

I was a sexually active teenager.


I glanced at the BP magazine’s feature on hypersexuality. I tossed it down. No, I didn’t want sex then, I was lonely for someone to love me and I rejected my family. I was usually high or wasted. I couldn’t feel anything but the tears roll down at 13. It wasn’t sexed raged hormones from having bipolar.

That’s not why I was called a slut for…my gee, entire life. I know it’s not. Partially not at least.

A girl who felt the world spinning around her finger felt inclined to test the man’s limit. Whether I had sex or not, it was a game. But on occasion something in me felt, and I cared. Normal? Seems that way, when it comes to casual sex. I might add I don’t indulge in anymore. I can’t handle the next day facing the BF. (Maybe my face in the mirror, but I’m not sure on that one.)

Again I pick up another edition of BP Magazine and I read a few letters from readers all gushing about how relieved they were to find out that hypersexuality is a side effect of bipolar. But not in those words, exactly.

One hit my heart, it was a mother of a daughter who has bipolar and is also sexually active. She felt relieved after reading the feature last edition article like the rest had expressed. I can hear Peter now, the father, Thank god we aren’t, or our daughter isn’t a raging sex hormone singing phallic melody’s loudly in the shower because she’s a slut, she’s just bipolar!

I just don’t know about this one. It’s very complicated. See one has different stages in their life of different types and levels of mania, or at least I did, starting at 13, when lucky bastard popped my  damn cherry . My virginity, they whispered in the halls in the 8th grade.


I was out of control but their are so many variables at that age too. Pressure, teenage weirdness, girls hanging out with older guys, maybe drugs and alcohol. Plus I hated the world, what the bloody fuck did I care?

I’m going to wrap this one up and see what others have to say, and revisit.

I was a sexually active teenager, the town slut.


Having hyper sexuality due to being bipolar doesn’t cut the sex with dirty men too young for me. I hate to break it to a torn apart mother, but it’s more heart-wrenching than that.

But of course, hypersexuality and manic phases go hand in hand, I just don’t know how those other young women feel when they’re manic, again mania’s change almost at every episode depending on how severe one’s illness is. I.E. It would be rare for a person to have bipolar young and feel sexual, honestly, because they’re hypersexual. I’ve been there and here.

Arnold Palmer’s are a relationship booster, the Doctor says. Do you drink?

August 12, 2009

My wrist watch was awfully perky and awoke me early. Hands were every where declaring me there. Time moved, I stood frozen like a Popsicle, dripping in green. Green was my color the author told me, my aura, it was green. So I sat in the grass and drank an Arnold Palmer.


I used to know an Olive who drank them with a straw. He sent me flowers, always and forever.

Then bookmarks the color marbled in my mind. Everything was distorted. And full of madness, changing forms, bleeding together like syrup of reds and blues. Yellow was the sun’s color, it rises. That’s my point. So what? Phoenix rises. I set in a maze.

A maze is intricate and has unending choices. It’s all about getting lost until you lose your wits when the day comes that I shall may. Leave. Labyrinths are like being in tall green grass, like shrubs or maybe brick or stone. You always have a left entry, as stated. There is one path, no one gets lost. Where am I?


There were secret notes and pool is a professional business. Fireworks are like a cold shower in jail on the fourth of July. Only no one loses an eye. I imagined I was an actress, I played the star role, a spy.

Someone help me the squealing from the seal won’t stop and my ADHD is sensitive to the noise.

What happened? Follow me out through my backwards journey from the maze of horror and well, much anxiety.

Where is the Olive with the roses?

If it’s defined as real, then it’s as real as in it’s consequences. What would a sociologist or psychologist think? Verdict’s in.

August 11, 2009

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.” 

-Hunter S. Thompson


I stood on my knees and yelled to the world, screamed out to anyone who would listen out on the docks in the marina outside my balcony, “just take me, just fucking take me! What is it you want from me, fucking take me you bastards!” Music blared.

I was crying yellow from painting all day. My apartment was splattered in yellow paint and the turpentine fumes were getting to my head. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I grabbed a speaker, and to hear the sound of silence, I bashed in my T.V. flat screen. I ripped the framed art from my walls, which I loved, and bashed them. Broken glass turned the apartment into a glass covered Great Lake.

I wasn’t insane. My neighbor sat on his porch, more crouched in the corner near my BF for mercy. I had none. “You work together, don’t you!” I screamed. Then I hurled a photographer’s camera over the balcony to make a statement. The guard below didn’t get it and returned it. I threw it back down onto the pavement. No more pictures. No more.

The sirens blared. They’d read my prescription bottles and hear my diagnosis. No one would ever hear the truth. There was a camera hidden in the bathroom and the neighbor was a spy. But they’d tell you it was all a lie.