he gazed at his reflection the visage of death hanging over his image empty of worth depression so heavy his body ached with the weight desire to reach out to touch another and be touched in return dominated his existence he touched up each crevice with makeup and gold but nothing could hide the scars […]soul mirror — survivor road
when you know only pieces and scattered at that of a time when things didn’t go so right and then later in life when your guard isn’t up another piece falls into the light and those horrible thoughts from your imagination don’t even come close to what’s real you have to sit back and wonder […]partials — survivor road
so, here i sit once again, staring at a blank post page. haven’t been here since December of ’18. still trying to pull my life together again. at least enough to post. to let it out. my fingers sit poised over the keys, ready and willing if my mind would give them something to say. […]one year and 5 months — survivor road
he stepped carefully
eyes locked on the other side
to the far side of the narrow ledge
it took all his willpower
to not look down
to not lose himself
in the black abyss
that swirled beneath him
ebony water that waited
for him to slip
then to engulf him in death
watch the balance
don’t look down
just a little further
progress was slow
against the storm
that tore at his skin
and the wind
that threatened to lift
and throw him
if he could only reach…
MARCUS STEPHEN KRUGER
get in this house right now young man
it is pouring outside
you’re getting drenched
the boy looked across at his mother
standing on the porch
holding the door open
giggling he jumped
from the fence rail
splashing into the puddle
into the house
and out of the rain
Thanks for sharing Marcus
too many years chasing rainbows
searching for the pot of gold
answers to the riddles
and the lies that i’ve been told
one after another
people let me down
until my cries of anguish
are the one remaining sound
gloom hangs heavy like a shroud
stealing away my breath
it’s hard to find joy in life
when all I see is death
the child within has pulled away
he lies curled in a ball
unable to find the strength to stand
unwilling to try at all
i have never been one to just give up
to turn away – and yet
after years of trying to remember
i want now to forget
Thanks Marcus for sharing Chapter 8 with us.
fairly productive weekend. got a couple small chapters reworked into one that I think is better length. guess the proof will be in the reading. at any rate, hope it’s enjoyable. I think I’m actually starting to get back in the swing of writing. or at least – REwriting…
8 ~ Subject to Change ~
Jared’s car sat in my drive. I had not yet left the passenger seat; my last quickly gulped whiskey was starting to burn its way through my system, leaving me somewhat sluggish. Jared had turned in his seat and was studying me, a gentle look in his eyes.
“Are you ok? You’re looking flushed. Thanks again for coming, Paul. It was nice checking the place out with a friend.”
I stretched languidly, unbuckling my seat belt. “I had a good time, Jer. It’s a nice enough place, though might be nicer once the newness wears…
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another relatively short chapter. someday maybe I’ll manage to balance out my chapter lengths better … more “growing” as an author, I suppose.
7 ~ Charlie’s ~
I stood at the mirror and wondered about the man I was seeing. Six-foot one, dark hair starting to show grey, brown eyes, and build not too shabby, considering my age and lack of discipline in diet and exercise. A tan western shirt over blue jeans and black boots, I shuddered for a moment, hearing Annie’s voice, quoting a country favorite as memories flooded in.
“Why’d you come in here lookin’ like that?”
I turned and smiled. “Too much?”
“Not for here, but I’m not sure I want to take you out in public.”
“Do I look that bad?” I turned and posed for her, smiling.
“You look that good, love. If we didn’t have to meet Kathy and Sean I’d take you…
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Marcus shares Chapter Six from Second Chances. Have a great day.
well, if the previous chapter was light on rewrites – this on certainly is not. UGH – I hate chapters like this – where it feels like there should be more but my brain says there’s too much already. do I believe myself of my muses? if I upset them – will they desert me? ah well – maybe a compromise. I can’t find anything else “wrong” with it – so here it comes………
6 ~ Back In The Dating Pool ~
True to my word, I called Cheryl the following Monday after work, and we set a date. That Thursday evening found us sitting beside each other at Gundrie’s, a favorite restaurant for both of us. Many clandestine meetings had happened here in years past, but the night felt new, different, and alive. Cheryl was in a deep blue dress, her ears sparkled with tender dangles, outshined only by…
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Thank you Marcus for sharing with us. M
not much of a rewrite here – I must have been more coherent while cranking out the first draft. takes us a little further into Paul’s makeup – hopefully makes him more ‘real’ to the reader…
5 ~ The Price of a Song ~
It took a few more weeks before Saturdays at the club became a natural part of my week. I looked forward to the time with Jared, but it was the work out and swim time that truly began the trek toward ‘normality’ for me. My best friend had a sense of humor that shone like a beacon through the fog of my life, lifting my spirits and guiding me to safe harbor through the shoals of isolation I had surrounded myself with. So when the phone rang one Friday evening in late April, I figured he was simply he was checking in before our normal Saturday…
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already getting difficult to keep posting. every fiber in me says this is a worthless venture and I need to just give up. I used to think New Years was the worst time of year – I’m beginning to think any time where I’m dealing with the past is a LOUSY time of year ;(
anyhoo – chapter 4:
4 ~ Things Best Forgotten ~
“Damn, I don’t believe I grabbed this.” I sat down on the bench in front of my locker, staring at the swim suit in my hand.
“What’s wrong?” Jared glanced at me while sliding himself into his suit. “Looks like perfectly good speedo to me.”
“It is, I suppose. But I hadn’t planned on bringing a speedo in the first place and in the second place this is the one Annie got me … a few years ago. Personally, I’ve never figured why since I…
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Thank you Marcus for sharing with us. Have a great day.
not completely sold on the start of this chapter as it relates to the close of the previous one. should I better specify the later day or is it clear enough by their activity? not sure. guess I’ll see if anyone has qualms about how it starts (or anything else, for that matter…) AND I think it needs a better title, but then – I’m never happy with my own work…
2 ~ Gym Life ~
It only took ninety minutes before I was a jumbled mass of tired, aching muscles. I finished with the stair climber and headed across the room to find Jared at the free weights bench. He had stripped off his shirt, sweat glistened like dew on his chest and abs. I admired his regulated breathing, the pulse of his arm muscles as he raised and lowered the bar. The man had always taken good care…
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Thank you Marcus for sharing your book, I know the followers will love it. M
— the prologue of my book ‘Second Chances’. hope it reads well, I’ve revamped it a couple times – I think it flows now, though it still feels like it’s missing something at the end … I just can’t figure out what.
~ Prologue ~
Annie and I had been married twenty-seven years, three months, twelve days, and fifteen hours. Then, one cold, misty evening, just after sundown, a dead truck driver shattered my very reason for living.
Yes, dead truck driver, at least that’s what the coroner’s office reported. Driving down Central Avenue, the business loop through town, fifty-six year-old Jarl Kipelsky had a fatal heart attack. Without a driver, his semi crossed the meridian and collided head-on with a forest-green Saturn Astra, driven by the love of my life as she was headed home from the market.
They told me her death was instantaneous – that she didn’t suffer. As if that bit of useless information…
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summer should be a time of fun and relaxation.
summer is when everyone at works takes their vacations, causing those of us who remain to work twice (thrice?) as hard for no extra compensation. yes, i have vacation time available, and yes, i get to take it. doesn’t help the rest of the time when i’m here.
depression runs rampant this time of year. i don’t like the heat – i don’t like the humidity. i will be happy when the temperature starts dropping.
on the “brighter side of life” – my book has made it thru editing and is now in page layout. things do move forward.
right now, i’m holding on for the seventeenth of September – for my “vacation” (read time at home doing chores)
“Monday, Monday” … “Rainy Days And Mondays” … “Blue Monday” … “Maniac Monday” … “Monday Morning” … and the list goes on.
you would think in a list this long i wouldn’t have too much trouble finding one that fit today. but there isn’t one. no song about the terrors of the night before – the dreams morphed to nightmares in an unending spiral. spinning faster and faster until the climactic end where i die.
except i don’t die. i never die. that would be too easy.
and if one more person tells me to “just get over it” … i may have to break a life-long habit of non-violence and actually strike out.
yeah – like that would happen.
i just don’t want to be here anymore. i have a book being published in the next 4 months (or so) and even that isn’t enough to lift me out…
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for all the right reasons he reached out for all the wrong reasons i lashed out with the best of intentions he tried to understand with the worst of intentions i refused to listen with heartfelt compassion he waited with anger and fury i ignored with careful consideration he thought things through with malicious subconscious […]
It should not be surprising that I find time is moving faster every day. People start believing (secretly) time is moving fast shortly after they hit 30. After 40 they will admit it. At 50 they will fear it. At 60 … well, 60 is still pretty new to me, but I’d say this is […]
Thank you Marcus, it’s a blessed day in my mind. I hope you feel the love around you. We never stopped believing in you! Hugs & Balloons.
A ‘standard’ night. Fall asleep only to be thrown out of bed by night terrors. Except last night was different. I didn’t lose control. I didn’t drink. And I didn’t call 911. I suffered through it. Yeah – it was hell. But I WENT THRU IT. And lived.
This morning is slightly off-kilter. It’s like my world has been flipped upside down, except that it’s finally right-side up.
I’m not going to try to make sense. And I’m a little worried about celebrating too much and jinxing myself … but the fact remains.
I faced a demon and lived to tell of it. Without outside help or self-medication.
Strange day indeed.
Marcus thank you for sharing this post. Have a great day!!!! Filled with balloons.
into cruelty and rape
into humiliation and pain
into bullies and shaming
all my life
good has been twisted to bad
until i no longer trust
an offer of help or companionship
twist into nightmares
that leave me exhausted
is white twisted black
or black twisted white
there are no greys
any hope for color
lost in the agony of truth
joy twists to sorrow
and laughter to tears
trust is lost
in the tangles
of my undying past
and my soul remains
nightmares invade my sleep
and i am once again
five years old
covers are ripped
from my frightened frame
and i shiver
though not from cold
my clothes are torn from me
and i lay still
the portal of my mind
that shall take me away
until this is over
but in my sleep
there is no safe place
and i relive his brutality
until i awake
screaming for it to stop
and then i weep
Thanks for sharing Marcus. I know your book will help people and be successful. Take care. Melinda
looks like i’m going ahead on the “self-published” route with CFP (Christian Faith Publishing) to finish this novel and call it complete.
gonna cost a bit – but who knows – people MIGHT enjoy it …
i just hope i’m not leaving myself open to a lot of hurt and disappointment
heavy, aching arms move
enough to fall on the arms of my chair
leaden fingers search out the keys
this is taking forever
as i spend more time correcting errors
than actually recording my thoughts
i am so tired
i’m not sure sometimes
how i get to work
walking down the hall
i trip over my own feet
or fall into the wall out of sheer fatigue
my eyes are dry
from lack of sleep
i tell myself if i keep pushing
maybe i’ll reach the place
where i simply collapse
unable to go further
and slip into the bliss
i have no desire to “end it all”
or to harm myself
it would take too much effort
and i don’t possess the strength or drive
but if someone came to me
offering me a choice of life or no
though my hope
is some inner strength
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Our early teens were wondrous years
Exploration, education, and fun
Whether on horseback in the forest thick
Or fishing near Old Cavern’s Run
And though it hurt when others picked their fights
At least there was us two
Together it seemed to ease the pain
That the guys would put us through
I remember still the times we shAred
In laughter or quiet dreams
It seemed when we were side by side
Our souls where whole and free
Then something changed, as they often do
And you felt a need to belong
To the “in crowd”, the “popular”, those in power
You said it would make you strong
And as you changed personality
Degrading and crawling to their delight
I watched as you drifted further away
Until you were beyond my sight
And when you emerged on the other side
I could not recognize your face
You seemed a different…
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Thank you Marcus for sharing your story with us. You’re stronger than you know. 🙂 and balloons.
in its fiercest form
so many acts
or things said
starting the seedlings
that slowly entwine my heart
carrying the genetic material
that makes me one of his
his semblance molded into me completely
is what I hate, that which is most shameful
or something within me?
the final breeding ground
for all the betrayal
lack of care
yet there is one thing
and most shameful
and every morning
I deal with it anew
as I stand at the mirror
shaving his face
and slitting his throat
until my soul is swallowed
every tick of the clock
each moment in time
adds to the weight
that bears down
on my spirit
there are no stars
to dot the sky
no presence to hint
only the relentless
absence of light
my tears are gone
i can shed no more
for there is no purpose
and no relief
the pain is real
the agony suffocates
and annihilates my heart
until i crumble and fall
a lifeless husk
and the world turns
echoes of yesterday
mix with vibrations of tomorrow
bringing about the cacophony of today
and in the middle stands the child
hands over his ears
in a silent cry
never to be heard
both past and present
sweet and bitter
weave at his feet
and in the chaos of the moment
the innocence is lost to guile
and childhood to Pandemonium
he weeps alone
Thank you Marcus for sharing with us. M
so … another year.
the “super moon” hangs in the sky
large and ominous
mocking my existence
daring me to justify
being in its space
every tick of the clock
i grow older
after forty-four years
i would think
would finally die
and leave me
but they are
my one “friend”
true and loyal
ever at my side
just how destitute
i truly am
i’ve been told my voice carries well. i suppose that’s just a polite way of saying i’m loud. that’s ok, i know it’s true – whispering has never come natural to me. perhaps it’s because as a child i learned first hand just how scary, just how painful secrets can be. not to say i can’t speak quietly; i just have to work at it. even my normal speaking voice is metered out; every bit of attention is given to ensure i am not blaring.
yet, even with the tone and strength of my voice, i cannot truly yell. yes, i can call out to someone, for example, at the park or across a crowded room, but the ability to truly scream is beyond me. a therapist told me once if i was unable to scream, i probably need to. i’ve beat pillows and thrown things in private sessions and…
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Thank you Marcus. Have a great day. M
There it is. After years of dealing with it – someone has finally given me a name for it.
Cherophobia – fear of happiness, is an attitude towards happiness in which individuals may deliberately avoid experiences that invoke positive emotions or happiness.
“deliberately avoid experiences that invoke positive emotions or happiness”
I knew it wasn’t crowds. It’s not the business of getting in the car and going somewhere.
I DON’T DARE BE HAPPY
… it only gives opportunity to being let down …
Thanks for sharing Marcus, you are stronger than you know. M
in the morning shadows
fear extends its claws
and holds me tight
in the morning shadows
cold descends within
striking bone and sinew
with harsh accuracy
in the morning shadows
panic creeps and slides
taking me unaware
in the morning shadows
memories glide without effort
unbidden and unwanted
until I am awash in turmoil
in the morning shadows
i am defenseless
a child without armor
lost and alone
and i weep
in mourning shadows
will I be loved
for who I am
the good, bad, and indifferent
my writing and compositions
words and melody alike
will I be seen
recognized as intelligent
accept all that is here
help me forget the past
and live for a future
filled with love and promise
I suppose then
I love who I am
and who I can be
see the good
accept the talent
desire the man
lost in this shell of flesh
waiting on death
|do your worst|
send the pain
and the hurt
I shall wash myself
in your deluge
and if the sorrow
drips off my hands
let it be
my life already overflows
with the remnants
of past storms
and if I stand alone
in the torrent
I still stand
so do your worst
send it all
let it rain
We’re so happy Marcus found a doctor to help with his pain. M
i don’t want anyone to get the impression the my life is perfect. far from it. but pain is no longer a motivator to give up. the new prescription of extended release oxymorphone is actually working. My pain, though not “gone” – is typically a level 1 or 2 on the infamous 1-to-10 scale. i’m sleeping again. say the doctor yesterday and he said i almost looked happy.
sleep is a wonderful thing. i recommend everyone give it a try.
of course, i’m still jumping through hoops here at work getting authorized to be on a narcotic medication while at work. i suppose that’s what i get for working at a hospital.
but for all intents and purposes – i am pain free. or close enough to call it pain free. and for the days of “break through pain” – i have percocet standing by waiting to help me out.
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Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to stand back up after being knocked down.
My boss has this thing during staff meetings – everyone has to give a “happy thought”; something they’re happy about that day.
Well, with my depression, i don’t always have one and i refuse to say something lame like “I’m glad I’m alive” (doubly since some days i’m NOT).
My boss dinged me on this during my performance review a couple months ago. Then this morning, he starts the meeting with his “happy moment”. And with this big grin he says “And we’ll start with Marc”.
Well today i don’t have a “happy thought”, and i say i don’t. So he says i can leave the meeting and return to my desk because he only wants people willing to participate. He humiliates me in front of my co-workers because i won’t bow and kiss his… well anyway.
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You share a frustration so many of us struggle with.
Start with percocet.
Stay there for a few weeks.
Increase dose and frequency.
Ride the slow climb up, up, up …
Then dive for the bottom
Where, after four months
They decide you are becoming addicted
And it’s time to drop the med.
That’s ok – there are others – long acting ones
Morphine — allergic
Fentanyl — allergic
honestly there’s a couple others I can’t remember …
New slope – opana (oxymorphone)
Start this next weekend.
Hopefully I can exit this ride with this latest med…
I’m running low on the percocet.
there was a time
i could pretend
it was the way
things should be
how it was
to be all growed up
i got to hang out
with him and his friends
and maybe be rewarded
with ice cream
if i didn’t scream
and that’s how big-brother-love was
after the first time
when i was beat
by our father
when i tried to tell
big boys don’t tattle
but as painful
as horrible as things were
i knew what to expect
i’m lucky if i know
what day it is
and there really isn’t
much to look forward to
i miss the days
that i use-ta-could
pretend to accept
so i saw the surgeon on my shoulder. he agreed the bone that was “fixed” after the auto accident in 2003 is now again out of place. he said he’s surprised they didn’t tell me at the time of the surgery that it happened often. but now? now there’s nothing they can do. if they tried to once-again fasten the bone down in place, there’s a chance it could cause a break in either the bone or my clavicle.
so the prognoses? chronic pain – level 8-10 – for the rest of my life.
these are the days i am SO glad i got that DNR signed.
in the shadows
ominous and dark
his hands clenching
at his sides
his presence as potent
as the scent of burnt tar
on a summer afternoon
i sit up in my bed
down my face
while my mind remains lost
in the past
crouched in the corner
of the dark, dank basement
i know what he wants
my body hurts
the memories of his abuse
in my muslces
i want so much
to be free –
free of him
of his touch
of his power
of his presence in my mind
keep me safe
i am unable
to protect myself
It was in my third year
she abused me
And in therapy we’re finding
pieces of three
Two more years she would have me
don’t know how I survived
As I have discovered
pieces of five
We then moved to a new city
a new home – a new state
And for three years my brother
gave me pieces of eight
For two more years torture
from him and his friends
But she left and got married
at least one part did end
… somewhere deep in my mind there hide
pieces of ten
From eleven to fourteen
no memories exist
So here – no new pieces
have been found to resist
Yet I wonder and worry
we’ve unearthed something new
And my world – once more shaken
when you know only pieces
and scattered at that
of a time when things didn’t go so right
and then later in life
when your guard isn’t up
another piece falls into the light
and those horrible thoughts
from your imagination
don’t even come close to what’s real
you have to sit back
and wonder a bit
was it worth all the effort to feel
doctor keeps giving pain meds
yes, my shoulder is killing me
yes, the pain meds help tremendously
yes, i need them right now.
i’m starting to break out in sweats in morning from not having a pill all night long
i do NOT want to become addicted to this pills
and i’m afraid i already am …
i’m starting to get flack from my siblings over my not attending my eldest sister’s memorial next month. i don’t know why anyone is surprised – i haven’t communicated with any of them since the sperm-donor’s funeral.
she was perpetrator numero uno. the one that so shattered my defences and my self image that i was easy prey for all that followed.
there is a post ‘dedicated’ to her here: a sister’s love
i refuse to feel guilty. i refuse to be manipulated yet once more for her sake, much less by any of them. it was not MY doing. i was innocent then, i am innocent now.
so why do i have this nagging fear i will drive out there in four weeks?
what with “fake news” and “alternate facts” – I thought I’d take us back a bit to an older phrase…
no news is good news
if there was ever a more ambiguous statement – I’m not sure what. Taking it to task, I try emphasis in different points
NO news is good news
ok – so, there is no such thing as “good news”. To be honest, this is where I live most of my life. Any news I hear, especially if it somehow impacts me – you can just be that it is NOT “good news”. Plain and simple – NO news is good news.
no news is good news
I suppose this is akin to “if the dragon is asleep, there are no worries in the village” – which is my boss’s way of dealing with things. If he’s not complaining, then everything is fine and I’m doing…
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*** POSSIBLE TRIGGERS ***
It’s been over 50 years since I crouched behind the boxes in that dark, dank basement, shivering as much from fear as from cold. Curled into as small a place as I could, wishing to be even smaller, hoping against hope that this time he wouldn’t find me.
But he did. He always did. And the punishment for running and hiding would be far worse than use usual treatment, but there was no fighting that need, that all-consuming need to escape. And that was only heightened when his friends were involved.
I can still hear their taunts, their horrible laughter as they humiliated me, teased and tortured me. I can feel the rough, decaying concrete on my palms and knees as I crawled away after they were done. Finding a corner to curl into, drag my clothes back on over bruises and scrapes.
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for as long as i can remember, i have self-sabotaged. start a project and make it fail. or just fail to finish. anything that can prove my lack of worth.
it cropped up a few months ago on booksie.com; a site for aspiring authors. members there share their work and comment/critique each other’s work. i had a few finished books, several poems, and was getting nice reviews. too nice. i couldn’t handle it so i pulled all my files and left the site.
my latest observation is here – my blog.
ever since being asked to share my posts on another website i have suffered from an ever-decreasing motivation to write. what possible value could anything i write have for anyone? there is no way i can say anything that will help anyone else. after all, i can’t even help myself.
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saturday night. actually i guess sunday morning – 2am. get up for my usual middle-of-the-night run to the bathroom, return and start to lie down when it hits. i’m not sure how even to describe it.
i’ve had panic attacks before, that’s not what this was. this was fear. unadulturated fear. of myself. i knew i was going to harm myself. i knew it as sure as i knew my own name. and i was petrified. i couldn’t close my eyes. i couldn’t relax out of the terror of what i might do to myself.
i paced the floor. i prayed. i cried. i died a thousand deaths trying to escape this new demon. i called a hotline and talked to someone for an hour, finally calming to the point of being rational and understanding i was still in control and i did not have to hurt myself.
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