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Tina L Porter

What to Learn from a Murder of Crows?

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The crows woke me up this morning, yelling at each other from trees in my yard to those skimming the branches in the next door neighbor’s yard. It came to me, in that moment while I was waking, that this must be why a group of them is called “a murder.” I was certain they […]

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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

51. Aiming

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51. Aiming

“Aim for the target you wish to destroy,” said the voice in my head that sometimes wakes me up both figuratively AND┬áliterally. But I don’t shoot. And I don’t think I’m the kind who likes to destroy. So I “unpack” the phrase that clunked around in my brain and breast for a couple of days. […]

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Tina L Porter

36. If We Could?

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36. If We Could?

I am not owed anything I recognize the depth of what I owe just for being white in America We tried to wash away the history of our founding and the building of “our” wealth, of “our” economy We told ourselves slavery was a necessary blip, Jim Crow a hangover of rebel holdouts, redlining and […]

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Tina L Porter

35. Flipping Tables

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35. Flipping Tables

Dear God, I looked around today and wondered at the loss of you in the name of you How some say they love you but have no grace for the hard lives of others Remember that time you sent your son and he flipped some tables? I think you liked that. I think you like […]

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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

21. Promises

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21. Promises

What promise did you fulfill today and what one did you walk back? I promised myself I would write of the┬átenacity of the human spirit and its drive to surround itself with hope and beauty And that I would not watch politics today. Which promise did I keep and which did I walk back? I […]

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Tina L Porter

9. Conspiracy of Love

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9. Conspiracy of Love

The conspiracy theorist in me, the trait I inherited from my dad, says either ISIS or some white supremacy group planted those snipers there to either ignite a low-burning civil war or to change back the narrative no longer in dispute because of cell phone footage. That is how I name the unnamable that is, […]

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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

7. No Pretty Words Today

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I tried. I sat in a waiting room looking at two beautiful babies and wrote a bad poem but in the back of my mind all I could think was and what if they weren’t pale? Would their grandmother be able to protect them from the protectors like she does from that door that opens […]

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