Limits on Representation (Updated)

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I don’t expect to have myself painted across the canvas of Instagram. I don’t expect to find myself represented in the image of another woman. I don’t fit the usual clichés of womanhood, and I’m no hero, so no one gives a damn. Mine isn’t the story that resonates with fans.

I cannot expect anyone on my behalf to take a stand. No one will give voice to the wordless prayers on my lips; no one can.

Yet, I wish there was some reading between the lines, some recognition of the existence of stories outside the “regularly scheduled program”.

Like a monogram,

my story tattooed by hand;

but who gives a damn?


For Go Dog Go Cafe, dVerse (inspired by Amrita Pritam), W3 with a Spunku


  1. There’s a fascinating woman woven between the lines. One show knows how to be unconventional within the conventions. You might be surprised how many will take a stand for you, not really knowing who you are. Some do give a damn based solely on your words, ideas, and feelings tattooed in the ether.

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  2. All those Internet people smack in the middle of the bell curve, we don’t need to read their blogs because we already know exactly what they’re going to say. Call it resonance . . .
    Anyway, none of us are heroes, or we’re all heroes (for 15 minutes, once in awhile, anyway) but you’re a winner if you have a few friends.

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    • Good point. If we make assumptions based on the boxes people/blogs fit into, we might as well not read anything at all. “none of us are heroes, or we’re all heroes (for 15 minutes, once in awhile, anyway) but you’re a winner if you have a few friends.” – I’m finding this oddly motivational. Thanks!


  3. I know that feeling. I mean, obviously I’m not a woman, but I feel like I’m not a stereotypical straight cis man, frum person, autistic or anyone else. I didn’t really look for people like me on TV, at least not until identity politics made me feel I should. Mostly I identify with aliens and androids in science fiction, I guess because they’re outsiders and sometimes struggle with passing for human.

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  4. Not only was this brilliantly written JYP, but the sense of surrender to the fruitlessness of it all is heartbreaking. And even sadder, is the fact that it is likely the situation and mindset far too often. Powerful write!

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  5. I love the spunku and the haibun – though in my first read I thought “This is a really good rant poem”… And the monorhyme in the prose section is truly inspired (and inspiring)!

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    • I am glad you enjoyed. I drew inspiration from your line about lips moving as prayers remain wordless – it was a great line!
      I can’t say that I enjoyed trying to work a monorhyme into haibun, but I am happy to hear that it resonated! And I’m pleasantly surprised by the effect to the prose.


  6. JYP, thanks for joining in. This resonated on so many levels. We all know each other only on the basis of words we share here and based on that we are ready to stand up for each other, which I think is a wonderful thing. Though, I admit, reading between the lines can go both ways.
    I admire your fitting in divergent prompts, writing a Spunku and a monorhymed haibun. Wow, just wow!

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    • Glad you enjoyed. I will pretty much always combine prompts because, contrary to the content I keep posting, I do not intend for this blog to be a poetry blog. However, I feel like I bit off more than I could chew with this one. I am never doing a monorhymed haibun again!

      Thank you for introducing me to a new-to-me writer with your prompt!

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  7. Read something this week along the lines…not everyone will understand your call…it wasn’t a conference call.
    Just in the fact that you are uncomfortable tells me you are growing and unable to buy into the status quo. Well done ♥️

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    • It always surprises me when people say they are afraid to share their writing publicly for fear of negative feedback. I feel I should tell them, “don’t worry, the overwhelming majority of readers/listeners aren’t going to care enough about it to give it negative feedback in the first place”, however, this does not seem to be the polite, comforting, appropriate thing to say.

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      • it is true; hardly anyone gives negative feedback — which can be disadvantageous if your aim is to improve your writing; this is where Writing Groups are helpful ; I used to be in one but that had its drawbacks too —

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        • I agree. The poetry community of WordPress is nice for many things, but it is not a good forum for giving or receiving critical feedback. I had a writing group years ago that fell apart. I’ve been going to writing workshops / retreats on occasion, which has been nice, but it lacks the “regularly scheduled” element. Everything has its pros and cons

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