Saturday, February 28, 2015

J M Blackman Week 140: Fixed

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J.M. Blackman’s Picture Choice: 2

Title: Fixed

She is barbed wire. Necessary. Useful. Hard. Sharp. And yet you always want to test the sharpness, though you know it could hurt, though you know it could cut.

You want to try her barriers, though you can clearly see them. You want to try and slip between those lines, despite the fact that you know you can't fit. Despite the fact that you know it isn't a good idea.

You keep pushing against her as if she'll change, as if she'll give.

But the only thing that happens is that you keep scratching yourself. Keep cutting yourself.

You are not a wire cutter. And she is barbed wire. She will not change.

Perhaps if you were wind and water you could weather her; but you're only a man, smooth and warm and squishy.

She is barbed wire.

Necessary. Useful. Hard. Sharp.


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J.M. Blackman is a Language Arts teacheri and a feminist. She endeavors to review nearly everything she reads and is a happy wife. She's a SFF enthusiast, loves dark humor, and has an unhealthy need to protect the image of Batman.



  1. What an interesting way to describe a woman. It's also a good analogy for other forms of futility. Great piece.

  2. This is so powerful. I really loved it. Great job!

  3. A powerful piece, with an almost poetic, lyrical quality - and a killer opening line! Good stuff :-)