Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Me Nobody Knows

Crusader Challenge #1!!!

Most of you know I recently embarked on a writers crusade and this week we have our first challenge. I have to tell you about me! Aren’t you lucky?!

So here I am, summed up in 224.

The Me Nobody Knows

Shyest in my high school class
Chinese symbols center the small of my back
Tattoos are my addiction.
This is the me nobody knows.

My editing Nazi causes perfectionist review
Emails, texts and tweets—spelling error free
My OCD dictates I wear black on Mondays
Prayer is my rabbit’s foot.
My quirks and habits
The me some people know

Dancing, writing, teaching, parenting
When I’m passionate—I dive heart first
Relentless in my pursuits
Striving despite rejection’s jagged blade
I work beyond hurt
This is my best trait
The me those close to me know

I have favorite things: York Peppermint Patties, Eeyore, a book at the beach
But I’d rather you know my favorite people
My snarky tween whose smile melts my heart
My sweet, sweet first-grader, inducing tornados in his wake
My husband—his love and support my safe haven
They complete me
The me I want you to know

I do not waddle through life in fuliguline fashion
Rather I soar at astronomical speeds
Some days I wish I could pause. Others I’d like to rewind.
Too many missed moments.
This is the me and probably the you—we all know

So my blogging friends, new and old
I hope I did not bloviate
My quirks, secrets, traits, and more
This is the me you now know

PS—I may have revealed something about me that isn’t strictly true, can you guess what it is? (I’ll let you know in my next post!)


  1. Um, that you can't really fly? lol. I love this post, Alison.

  2. Black on mondays, I can't imagine you have OCD. I can see you don't have tattoos all down your arms, but it is possible you may have one or two, hmm... I'm going with black on Mondays, your a colourful lady :)
    p.s. I cannot believe I was not following you already, you should have said. I have no idea what it really means to follow all these people on GFC however because I don't have it myself. Is it just for show but you really follow in a reader?

  3. Very nice poem. Well done. Egads, I have no idea the lie. Almost everyone has a tattoo and what's not to love about Eeyore? So I'll go with you weren't really the shyest in highschool.

    Well played :)

  4. Wow, this is hard to choose. I'll take a stab at it, though, and say that either you don't really have a tattoo obsession or prayer is not your rabbits foot.

    By the way, you won a critique on my blog :)

  5. ...and I gave you an award on my blog! Man, you'd think I could remember everything at once! Come on over and get your award.

  6. Hello! Group 10 is rockin' already!

    I'm going with your addiction to tattoos. Likely have one or two but an addiction would see to require a lot more.

    I have 4 tattoos and still can't call them an addiction. I'm eager to see what the lie is.

  7. When you eat a York Peppermint you feel a cool dew drippin' off those jungle leaves?

    Thanks for the poem :)

  8. What a gorgeous poem in response to this prompt! Loved it!! I'm going to guess you do have a tattoo, but that tats aren't an addiction.

    Great to meet you, fellow crusader!

  9. WOW! You are amazing. That was great!

  10. Awww - thanks folks! I can probably count on my fingers the number of poems I've written, but I couldn't resist this one. My theatre group from back where I grew up is doing The Me Nobody Knows this year - what can I say... the title was inspiring. :)

  11. How nicely done! I have a son who "induces tornadoes" in his path too. He'll be in first grade next year.
    Hmmm, would have to guess you're not really OCD or you are but you don't have to wear black on Mondays.
    Nice to meet you! :)

  12. Nice poem! I would guess the tattoos are not an addiction- generally addiction to tattoos means they are all over the body!

  13. Ahh, crusader entries EVERYWHERE. Nice poem. It'll be intersting to see how all of the entries fare in the contest.

    <3 Gina Blechman (fellow crusader)

  14. Hello fellow crusader! Lovely poem. I'm going to guess that you don't have an addiction to tattoo's as well. We'll see.

  15. Very well done! I have no clue. I'm just enjoying the chance to get to know everyone. See you around and I'm following you.

  16. This is really great. I'm always jealous of people who can write poetry. :)

    New follower...

  17. Hello fellow group 10er! This is a great entry - very original. I'm going to guess that tattoos are not your addiction.

  18. Lovely! Especially the diving heart first. Hmm, perhaps it's not Eeyore that's your favourite, but Pooh or Piglet?

  19. Bravo! Bravo! Pure genius, I tell you, pure genius. It can't be Eeyore. He's EVERYONE'S FAVORITE, RIGHT? Um, er, heck! I'z not good at this. Tattoos are NOT your addiction. Right? Well? ;)

  20. Great entry, and I really can't spot the lie though I'm sure there is one!

    Fellow Crusader and new follower.


  21. This is a wonderful approach to the prompt! My best friend loves Eeyore, too. So, for the lie...I'll say maybe you don't always wear black on Mondays?

  22. This is fantastic! So creative and cool. I'll guess that you either don't wear black on Mondays or that you don't dance. Nice work, fellow Crusader!!

  23. Wow, a poem, and it worked - you're awesome! I'm going to guess you're not OCD.

  24. Okay, this is totally my new favorite challenge entry! You've got my vote! I love so many things about - perhaps most of all how you also included the people that are most important to you. And all under 250 words. I am so impressed!

  25. Hello fellow crusader! I am a tad bit late, the whole house has been sick all week. So, I just thought I would pop in and just say Hi! :D

    Ugh, so hard to tell the fib when people include such personal descriptions...and you are new to getting to know them! :D

  26. I'll go out on a limb and say the OCD is a lie.
    Great post!

  27. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to meet you and find out a bit about you.


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