I am cross posting this from my SCA blog. Someone on Tumblr called me a fascist and a Nazi for having an Anglo-Saxon persona in the SCA. This is my response.
Here it is.
To most people its just a destination
something to mark off of their bucket list or sight seeing itinerary.
To me and that select group
it’s a second home.
There are nights where I wish I could walk out the door
and be surrounded by trees
Hear the quiet rumble of the grand loop as I walk down the maintenance road
and then follow the trail to the employee fire ring.
I used to lay on my back on the smokers table
and watch the night sky float by me.
I spent two summers there
but the first will always stick with me the longest.
That second one has some parts of my past I am still coming to terms with.
Have you ever stood not 10 feet away from a bison?
Or smelled the sulfur in the air on the road to Lake?
Have you hiked into the back country
and found a quiet lake to sit beside and read?
There is something in the air there
that’s magical and pure
I long for that simple life
and feel the call of it in my bones.
Someday I’ll be back.
Someday I will show my child the trails I walked
the sights I saw
that waterfall tumbling down the rocks in its gray-blue-green glory.
I only hope that in their own way
they understand the quiet way I gaze across the canyon
remembering that summer so, so long ago
when Zac, Moe, Trace, Brett and I
stood on the overlook
and couldn’t speak.
Here I am, sitting here at the computer listening to a podcast while drinking my now cold coffee and wondering what the hell I have done to end up in a place like this.
To be fair, I am pretty content.
I am excited about running my own business, even if I am just getting started and can’t afford to own my domain just yet so I can post stuff to sell (working on it – slowly).
Beth has a job working for a friend’s massage business, and that’s helping keep our heads above the water. This also means we can afford things like toilet paper, and underwear and gas.
After a long and intense situation with Income Support, we have our food stamps and insurance, which means we can eat, and we can afford medication (at least for now until Cheeto Head possibly screws it all up).
My sister came to visit two weeks ago and we had a grand old time – we even filmed some YouTube videos for her channel and mine, which I am in the process of working on.
I decided to be a masochist, and on top of blogging and YouTube decided to try my hand at podcasts, which I have loving dubbed “The Bitter English Major”. It’s going to be about books and writing and everything that goes with it. I need to invest in a nicer microphone, but that should be up and running soon. Once I try not to explode.
And I have a new book in the works. A themed poetry collection. I hope people like it.
On the other hand, I have been really struggling with depression, anxiety and dysphoria recently. Beth and I have had a few rough patches, though its nothing we haven’t been able to work through.
Also I have been having trouble with joint pain. Yesterday it was so bad I spent most of the day on the couch, unable to do much but watch TV and sleep. I am going to be contacting my new doctor this week to see if I can get in for a follow-up and maybe find out what’s wrong with me. At the moment the Ibuprofen is wearing off and I feel kinda awful.
But I’m still trucking along. As my buddy Cameron says, “If I’m bitchin’ I’m breathing.”
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