Around the Table Blog

Jul 11, 2016 - Kathy Dwyer

by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing...

Jul 09, 2016 - Kathy Dwyer

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

These are words from my childhood. I grew up in a happy home in which I knew I was loved, had everything I needed, and where voices were rarely raised. From the time I could first talk, I was taught to be polite, and to keep my emotions in check. I learned to choose my words carefully. I learned optimism. I learned that if I was responsible, hard-working, followed the rules, and was always cordial and polite, I...

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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.