#NaNoWriMo Day Eight of a new challenge I have called #AFirstDraft to write a haibun/haiku or other poetic form novel or prose novel over the month. Please join Gayle J. Greenlea, Anjum Wasim Dar and myself in writing first draft of a novel over the next Thirty Days. I will feature your first, or how many more drafts of your novel day by day until the end of November.

Trigger Warning

PEOPLE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE ARE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS EXPLORE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AND ABUSE ISSUE

Zero Gravity

Gayle J. Greenlea

Excerpt for 8 November, 2021

<chapter> Two continued

        “So, what do you think?” Siobhan inquired of the impatient saleswoman, who was tapping a toe on industrial grey carpet. “My merchant’s remorse kicked in about 10 pairs ago. Just a matter of how your mood strikes you, today, dear.” Siobhan smiled. Clearly, her reputation was intact. As much as she loved shoes, it was not impossible that tomorrow she would return today’s purchase for something shinier or sexier or redder. “I’ll take the Chanels,” she said, thrusting them at the woman. Whatever she might feel like tomorrow, today was definitely a flat day. No soaring above her present depressive state. A look in her closet might infer that she lived in the clouds, preferring to stagger around on dangerously high heels, but spikes were really bravado for a disposition she could never really claim as her own. And if she were honest, her general avoidance of flats had more to do with a desire to tower over her practical, low-heel-preferring sister than any real commitment to spikey-ness.  
        No, today was definitely a flat day. In fact, she couldn’t feel lower if she were an eyelash on a single-celled organism.

-Gayle J. Greenlea

YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME

Second week – Growing – Day Eight

Day One

Earth says to dead leaf.

“Find your roots, feeding tubes.”

Mold Sink into me.”

-Paul Brookes

Bios And Links

-Gayle J. Greenlea

is an American-Australian poet and counselor for survivors of sexual and gender-related violence. Her poem, Wonderland”, received the Australian Poetry Prod Award in 2011. She shortlisted and longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013, and debuted her first novel, Zero Gravity, at the KGB Literary Bar in Manhattan in 2016. Her work has been published in St. Julian Press, Rebelle Society, A Time to Speak, Headline Poetry and Press, The Wombwell Rainbow, Fevers of the Mind, Kalonopia and The Australian Health Review.

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