Wednesday, September 16, 2009
to love a wild thing
i am different from other people. the pat answers of parents, the church, society, and school have never been enough for me. it has led me to search all my life for answers that are deeper, truer, and, possibly, harder to accept.
i have lived thirty-six years so far and i plan on living 2 more times that. some of the things that i've learned so far are more like remembering things that i've always known, that my body has always known.
i do not believe in god.
i do not believe in societies' structures as truth.
i do not believe in eating things that were manufactured in a factory.
i do not believe in spandex.
i do not believe in "the family unit" as based on blood.
i do not believe in doing something that makes one miserable just to pay the bills.
i do not believe in chasing the american dream.
i do not believe in farming as an industry.
i do not believe that surgically altering one's body increases beauty.
i do not believe that the fashion industry gets to dictate my self-worth.
i do not believe that inside the house is more valuable than outside the house.
i do not believe that progress is progress.
i do not believe in western medicine as preventative.
i do not believe that humans have been divinely endowed dominion over the earth and other creatures.
i do not believe in thong underwear.
i do not believe in polyester.
i do not believe in CNN.
i do not believe that food should have a shelf life.
i do believe in love.
cheesy, you say? maybe. all my life, i've believed in it as something pure, noble, and life-altering. the problem with being a wild thing is that most people find wild things intimidating, unruly, and a tad frightening. what happens to a wild thing that needs love but doesn't know how to find those willing to love a wild thing? she quiets down. she learns to laugh quietly so as not to disturb the peace. she wears a thong and learns to smile through the discomfort. she uses big words, reads a lot of books, and learns to wear pearls. she blows her hair dry and covers her true face with "frosted cognac" lips and "mossy dream" eyes. she stops eating when she's hungry. she stops moving to the beat of her own drum. she learns to walk in step.
until she can't anymore. hunger for blood pushes her to eat to her fill. the books get set down while she hears her own opinions, her own instincts flood through her mind. she tosses the thong. she laughs louder than anyone else in the room. it's her roar, her power.
and she walks naked into the rain to bathe.
when the mid-summer morning sun shines through silver rain clouds, she rises from her sleep and hears the tickle of the drops on the tin roof. she smells the earth-mineral-green of the water. she gasps at how cold it is at it pricks her shoulder, her nipple, her nose. she breaks into a loud laugh. the water cleanses her of sleep, of sheets, of inside air. with her feet planted in the earth, her body touched by the wet, and her arms reaching for the sky, she is wild. she knows who she is.
he watches her through the window, sipping coffee, and smiling. he disappears for a minute. he comes back with a towel that he sets wordlessly down near her.
a towel after the rain; that is how to love a wild thing.