bogeyandruby

Random stuff, reflections on the meaning of life and death, humour, self-deprecation, a bit of bad poetry.

Lately, I wear my protest like a badge.

I wear it on my jean jacket, on my light winter coat and on my thick down coat. Sometimes I wear it doubly so that when I remove one layer, I am still protesting.

I wear it during daylight and when it’s dark.

I wear it to the gym, to the office, and to order coffee.

I wear it when I play music.

In November, I wore it alongside my poppy.

And Christmas shopping in December.

People either glance at it or they don’t. There are double takes, quick looks, aversion.

I have worn it out and about my neighbourhood: visiting clients, walking the dogs, doing errands.

I put it on knowing it is controversial. Knowing the majority disagrees.

Mindful of my discomfort, I push the marble down my throat and swallow it.

Only one other person out here wears the anti-Loi 21 pin. Unlike me, he is fearless.

Only one person out here has asked me about its significance. She, a 94 year old Auschwitz survivor.

Out here in suburbia, protest is a lonely affair. It is complacent. It is indifferent. It is silent.

4 thoughts on “Silence

  1. Abby says:

    I am always moved by the things you write and how clearly and deeply you express yourself in your writing.

    I so enjoy reading your blogs and thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Thank you, Abby! I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement. Love to you and Mark. ❤️🙏

      Like

  2. Live & Learn says:

    This is a power line. Wow.

    Mindful of my discomfort, I push the marble down my throat and swallow it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Thanks so much, David! I actually borrowed the notion from a motivational speaker I listened to 30 + years ago. He was referring to difficult people and suggested we swallow them like marbles. 😊

      Like

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