Understanding the source of potential
and inherited heartbreak
is a conscious choice embraced
by the many to define self
by accomplishments and life goals set
according to some generic timeline
with too many rules/expectations which were
evolved from questionable/untraceable sources.

The pressure to follow can be served
with seduction or brutality,
appearing in the damnedest places…
There are no options
If you are to survive …
You can’t not abdicate your right to be


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.