My cat is skittish, and by that, I mean he runs to hide if you look at him the wrong way and tries to slip under a car when he hears an engine which, I'll admit, is a bit of antithesis. He fights me when I try to slide his shirt on but he calms down, comes down, almost immediately when I do. He gets angry if you sit in his favourite chair, but will jump in your grave seconds after you rise. But, in all this, we're a perfect pair, because I'm a scaredy-cat, too. I jump when a friend shows up without warning and have to close my eyes, shut my ears, if there's a plane crash on TV or if, in the opposite lane, a pair of headlights can just be seen. I tense up when a text tone dings or the telephone rings and at least a hundred million other little things. Fracture(s)(d) The room gets darker as the light grows brighter. Your heart beats, thumps, throbs, While the clock tick, tick, tocks. Light, dark, thump, tick-tock Their voices melded with madness. The globe spins, clouds move, brown cow jumps over a gibbous moon. The voices fade as the babe wails "Why?" and the nursemaid quiets its deafening cry. Firmly in the vice, wish it more tight, As the tick-throb-tock keeps beating, Then you breathe. Suddenly, you're pulled from numbing water. The cow, the child, the nurse, the clock All within your head. That dreadful place of dark, Vibrant in a dream. Grief for Sale Trauma is not a commodity, You can't pick it up at Walmart, on Amazon, eBay. But it seems like some people think it's available for purchase by a select few. Someone should tell them that you can't rent someone else's grief.
Juliette’s Bio from 2019:
Fracture(s)(d) previously appeared in my chapbook , Mistakes Were Made and Scaredy-‘Fraidy-Post-Traumatic-Stress Cat is part of a chapbook manuscript How My Cat Saved My Life and Other Poems. Juliette Sebock is the author of Mistakes Were Made and had work in many publications. She is the founding editor of Nightingale & Sparrow, runs a lifestyle blog, For the Sake of Good Taste, and is a regular contributor with Marias at Sampaguitas. She curated the Screaming from the Silence anthology series and working on a variety of personal and freelance projects. When she isn’t writing (and sometimes when she is), she can be found with a cup of coffee and her cat, Fitz. Juliette can be reached at Juliettesebock.com