Comics

Published on November 14th, 2016 | by Ezra Stone

1

COPING: Kristen Stone Sends Big Love from the Deep South

We change our bedtime routine.

img_7272

I spend most of the weekend in nature, with my son and niece. Our friends meet us. We hike and play in the river. The children get muddy and are happy. I tell myself, our county voted for the children and the parks. At least there is that.

fullsizerender-4-1

We draw pictures and the children, when they are not bickering mightily, are blasting my heart open with their queer tenderness.
fullsizerender-2-1

Our church meets outside too, on the prairie. We sing we will guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. We sing this land is your land. I cry, hard and silent.

fullsizerender-1-1

I ask my counseling clients, black teenagers at an alternative school, how they feel about the election. For what it’s worth, I clip a safety pin to my shirt.

fullsizerender-8

I worry over whether to take my son to a demonstration. He already knows too much.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


About the Author

Avatar

Ezra Stone is a writer, educator, and trauma therapist living in Gainesville, Florida. They are the author of THAT WHICH GIRLS CONJURE WILL HELP THEM SURVIVE (Guillotine, 2018), Domestication Handbook (Rogue Factorial, 2012) and self/help/work/book//The Story of Ruth and Eliza (Birds of Lace, 2014). Their work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, finery, Adrienne: a poetry journal of queer women, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere on Mutha. Read their love letters 4 psychic survival at kristenstone.com



One Response to COPING: Kristen Stone Sends Big Love from the Deep South

  1. Avatar Maryann says:

    You rock, gilfriend!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We love comments, feedback and critique but mean or snarky comments will not be published. MUTHA moderates ALL comments, and we're a volunteer org, and that means they can be slow to post--please do not try and repost a comment unless it's been more than several days, we will get to it.
 

Back to Top ↑