“All the Missing” (Phoebe 41.1, Spring 2012)

Spent the last few minutes watching Michelle Knight’s statement to the court, prior to the sentencing of Ariel Castro.

Of the three women held by Castro, Knight suffered the most:  She had a 2 1/2 year old son, and endured five forced miscarriages from Castro’s beatings (Her treatment was markedly worse than the treatment of the other two).

Castro forced her to assist Amanda Berry to deliver her child.

Here’s the opening of a piece self wrote several years ago, shortly after hearing the news that Jaycee Lee Dugard had escaped her captor.  It was published in Phoebe, Spring 2012.

When the news about Dugard first broke, self was so tremendously moved.  The piece practically wrote itself.

All the Missing

for Jaycee Lee Dugard

They’re alive, all of them.

One day they’ll present, alive and well.

They’ll be older; a few might even have their first grey hairs.

They’ll come out of tents or basements or caves or wherever it is they’ve been kept, all these years.

Their names are Ilena, Michaela, Polly, Sandra.

Some are blonde.  Some are brunette.  Some are redheads.

Some have braces.  A few have freckles.

The parents stand on street corners.  They organize search teams.

They hand out photographs.  They implore complete strangers:  “Please, please.”

The little girls’ hair is always neatly combed, their eyes are bright.  Most of them smile.  A few seem self-conscious.  These are school photos, therefore posed.

Not all of them are pretty.

Now it’s summer.  School’s out, the kids are everywhere, giddy with excitement.

That’s not all of it, but self thinks people should just go over to Phoebe and show their support for the journal by reading what’s available on the site.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece 3

The prompt this week —  Masterpiece — is turning out to be a tricky one!

But here goes:

(1)  Photo # 1:  A birthday card received from son’s girlfriend.  Self anointed the cat “Leaping Kitty.”  She began creating a character from Hara Juku named Leaping Kitty.  Leaping Kitty gets so famous that Lesly Stahl asks her to be interviewed for 60 Minutes.  Leaping Kitty decides that, to make the most of her TV moment, she will hire an aesthetician named Flavia to make sure she looks perfect for the camera.

Later, Leaping Kitty goes Seward.  As in the TV show The Killing’s Seward.  Through a series of unfortunate incidents, Leaping Kitty is convicted of a crime.  Straight to jail, do not pass Go.  She still insists on having a manicure, with her claws thrust at the manicurist through the bars of her cell.

Self in "Awesome Mode"

Self in “Awesome Mode”

(2)  You just haven’t seen awesome until you’ve visited this church, made of the simplest materials, and constructed on one of the largest privately held haciendas in the island of Negros.

The Chapel of Wheels, in the Gaston Hacienda just before Manapla

The Chapel of Wheels, in the Gaston Hacienda just before Manapla

(3)  A beautiful and intimate portrait of Tana Dicang, matron of the vast Lizares clan.  She smoked cigars, entertained Presidents, and her ternos were always the height of fashion because of their modernist prints, precursors of Chanel or Tory Burch or Lily Pulitzer.  The bust is in the Lizares house (open to the public) in the town of Talisay, close to Bacolod.  The sculptor is Filipino, but self doesn’t have his name.  If this bust were in the States rather than on an island in the central Philippines, it would deserve to be in a museum.

A bust of Tana Dicang --  Self only wishes she knew the name of the sculptor!

A bust of Tana Dicang — Self only wishes she knew the name of the sculptor!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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