Saturday, 11 June 2016

passive aggressive

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit
Maverick is active - misfit is passive

Alan Rickman

p a s s i v e   a g g r e s s i v e

I hear your SOS on the radio

passive-aggressive is often seen in
people who have not learned how to express
their feelings, needs and desires to others

Woodstock is the "friendly city"
large enough in that anything and everything
one could ever need or want
is just a few minutes away
and small enough that 
everyone knows


South-western Ontario is a peaceful place
where time comes and goes in a dreamy daze
one day after another after another
year after year 

people here get good jobs
and learn to fit in
winters are cold and summers are warm
the soft smell of pork charring on the barbeque
kids laughing and playing in the new plastic pool
that mom and dad picked up on sale at Wal-Mart
$39.95 - half price!

life is - good



neighbours chatting over the back fence
about how Donny just got accepted at Fanshawe College

and Maddy (just turned 17) becoming
lead cheerleader at Huron Park Secondary
this is a huge leap for her
well with her history
(not spoken but both thinking)

and Bradley Junior - a late-comer - only 5
splashing in the pool, turning the hose 
on his friend Josh
(smiles all around)  

so ya - everything is good here
so how's Brad doing with the new job at Toyota?
big money now eh? - you guys thinking about 
a vacation this year?

ah without the kids? - wink

Mexico again?  I hear there's a wonderful new casino
in Acapulco - no, money's tight this year, maybe next year 

looking at her watch - ah geez gotta go 

Ya it's Brad's night out with the boys tonight
you know - the "Thursday night meeting"
they call it - (tight laugh - forced smile)

dopers - I mean when the fuck
are these guys going to grow the fuck up?
(not spoken but both thinking)

Ya well - the boys do need to get out once in a while
blow off a little steam ya?
ya there's drinkin' and stuff 
no bother to me - I'm sound asleep
when he comes in
(tight laugh)

falling down drunk 
and smells like a fucking brewery
(not spoken but both thinking)

5 teen suicides in 2 months here
word is - over 30 more who tried to
and kids are really scared

they're walking down to city hall tomorrow
all 5 high-schools are joining into one
in some attempt to make sense
of all this sadness
I think it's a good idea

Facebook groups
and concerned adults who want to do 

I mean OK - everything is going to be OK
it's just a phase that kids go through right?
we went through it and learned how to cope
and kids these days - geez with the internet
and all these frikkin video games
(tight laugh - forced smile)

We're meeting at the church every Wednesday night
and we're talking about it now - parents
with troubled kids - you should come
they need help you know
(single tear forming) 

no, Brad doesn't come - game night
but I go - I mean - it's our duty

looking at her watch 

Maddy is ok, I mean she's getting good grades
and isn't hanging with that bad crowd anymore
she's happy and has a new boyfriend
Terry is the quarter-back on the Huskies
his first year at Western University coming up
Engineering - good kid and ya - he's a looker!

quiet giggle

yep, I'm thinking they'll be settling into one of those new houses
off Devonshire before long
have 3 kids (just like we did) and Maddy will live 
happily after ever 

(a brief departure - a quiet thought)  

maybe she's getting it
I know I'm not - my husband hasn't touched me in months

so ya - gotta go - supper you know - Thursday night meeting right?
Brad's fun night and he'll want supper on the table right at 6
(tight laugh - forced smile)

ah geez no, the kids don't eat with us anymore
they're so busy with other things 

Maddy's got a date with Terry - go team go!
stepping away

oh Linda - Gail just posted the video that Madeline Merlo did for us 
you know - the beautiful singer from Vancouver

(Linda does not own a computer)

amazing voice - wow!
she's been through the pain too
and wants us to know
that she's thinking
about us 

so sweet

it's on the YSP Youth Suicide Prevention
in Woodstock facebook page

yeah, join up and like all the posts
everyone is really pumped
we're spreading the message

kids who need our help are
just a call away 

this is all about everyone working together
to make it all work right 

from a distance

p a s s i v e   a g g r e s s i v e

I mean ok, let's face it ... we can't all be perfect
but anything is possible - if we can just learn to stand tall 
and try just a little harder

it's ok, to not be ok

she (this angel) wrote this song
for us - so perfect

so beautiful

so come on pick up your phone
don't have to face it


dedicated to the young people who took their own lives 
in Woodstock Ontario, between April and June 2016

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive. Alan Rickman
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