Oranges are not the only fruit – Saarah Choudhury


Poet. World traveller. Moved from England to Cambodia. Might stay there. Not sure.

You can read more of Saarah’s writing at eastwest_nomad 

Featured Post: What we’re told not to talk about – Georgiann Carlson

women aren’t allowed to tell the truth
about what happens to them
about their lives
about motherhood
about feeling trapped
raising kids
staying home
when they’d rather be out
living their own lives
about when men do to them
about how they feel
about inequality
about the never ending violence aimed at them
about hating the unfairness
they live with each day
women aren’t allowed to talk about
how insane the beauty industry is
and what they are expected to do
in order to stay young forever
how they disappear when they become older
how they are sometimes
forced to compete against each other
for men
in order to survive
women aren’t allowed to talk about
the way they are put down
for loving younger men
women aren’t allowed to talk about
the resentment they feel
when some men look at them
about how they are held back
lied to
considered less
constantly labeled
left out of the decision making process
women aren’t allowed to talk
about having so much responsibility
when they want something else
they aren’t allowed to talk about
being thrust into the role of caregiver
or worrying about the safety
of their daughters
their children
about the insanity of life
about how men are destroying
the environment and
about the never ending killing
women are supposed to SHUT UP
and pretend as if everything is the way
it should be
when it’s NOT
Women aren’t supposed to talk


and if they do
they’re supposed to lie
because women are told not to talk
about anything that matters

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Featured Post: What We’re Told Not To Talk About – Tamara Fricke

I like the rain
and the way mud
slides between
unshod toes.

The smell of gasoline
makes me smile
and deserts bore
me tearless.

I know the weight
of each breast and
precisely how to
please myself.

Chocolate hangs
on my last sweet-tooth
and Sahara-dry red wine
is my Achilles’ heel.

I don’t like hugging
strangers but I
hate being afraid
of strangers more.

Seeing birds in cages
pains me and kids
in cages wounds as
much as falling
on a cactus.

Tamara Fricke is the 2010 co-winner of the Gertrude Claytor Award of the Academy of American Poets and is previously published by The Lyon Review, Meat for Tea, Attack Bear Press Poetry Vending Machine, Whisper and the Roar, We Will Not Be Silenced, and has been included in a number of compilations.  Her poetry chapbook Our Requiem was released in 2014.  She lives in Springfield, MA, with an ungrateful cat, where she writes grants professionally.

Featured Post: What We’re Told Not To Talk About – Robert G Wertzler

The forbidden subjects abound
So many things that must not be mentioned
Offend no one
Trigger none
Let lies stand unchallenged
Don’t burst the bubbles
Of illusions and denial
They don’t want to hear
What your Daddy did
Or about the bruises you hide
Or when you realized your
Attraction to your own gender
Or how your boss said
You could get a raise
Or why you flinch
At every touch
Or why you fear so
To leave that partner
Or about your period
Or about feeling old
Or about your miscarriage
Or about your abortion
Or about your real needs
Or your true desires
And most especially
Most fiercely
Most deaf-ly
About the loneliness
Of imposed silence
And not speaking the
Truth of such things
The very things that must
Be spoken of to heal

Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: What We’re Told Not To Talk About

Throughout the month of August, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a seminal feminist book. These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to Christine at

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  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #FeministBookChallenge
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What Were Told Not To Talk About – Nimiko Ali