A big month

And now I’m caught up! We’re into August. This month has been really fun. Challenging but fun.

To begin the month, I started the Great Cycle Challenge! This nationwide event is a fundraiser for the SickKids Foundation, kids cancer research program. I signed up (I think in May? June?) and started my ride on August 1.

I have committed to 75km, and to raising $500 (which I have surpassed as of August 12 thanks to generous donors!) You may be thinking to yourself, 75km is not that far – especially for your typical cyclist here in Goose Bay. For me, it is a challenge. I have no issue saying that I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life, and it’s not easy for me to bike like it is for many others, but in 5-10km increments I’ve been doing great – and will likely exceed the 75km I’ve committed to.

So far I’ve done 8 rides totalling 49.8km, and raised around $630!! If you’re feeling generous, the SickKids Foundation would appreciate the support.

My ‘proud’ selfies from my first 8 rides.. don’t judge me, lol!

In the middle of this, I gladly accepted an invite from Safe Alliance to perform at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre for Pride Coffee House! It was an honour to be asked, and a great joy to participate. 10/10 will do it again. While I was reading my poetry, the thunder and lightning outside the building got so loud, and it was intense but beautiful.

Photo Credit: Safe Alliance

Who knows where the rest of August will take me… but you can count on me talking about it.

Love,
M.

twine

this family was knit with twine
laced with careful yet time-worn fingers
prepared as a duty
patterned by past confessions
the holes sewn feverishly
should we get lost in the storm
no one can say
we didn’t try our best
no one can say
our net wasn’t cast long or hard enough

we sit idly by in this ship
comparing ourselves to the others
as we go down without words
pretending, as a duty
that the twine was enough.

M.