I felt the need
to justify myself
My life has been stitched together with explanations
Men do not feel
Old habits die hard.
*Trying out Suleika Jauoad’s Isolation Journals prompt for today- elimination/blackout poetry on my own quick paragraph (below).
Last night I was composing an email to a foster puppy mom, stating my partner and I would like to adopt her foster dog after meeting it briefly earlier in the day. In the original draft of the email, I felt the need to justify myself, explaining that although I wasn’t an experienced dog owner, I have faith in myself and my resources to give this puppy the best life it could have. My partner, whose line of work resides in the business world, told me I did not need to justify myself, instead, I could state we would like to adopt the dog and that was that. I was blown away- my life has been stitched together with explanations and justifications. Men do not feel the need to sew their thoughts into emails as I do? I just could not fathom how much anguish that eliminates. Old habits die hard.