I have to share this w/ you all bc reasons. Bought a pair of boots today. I'm a cyborg so boots are complicated. Thought: whatever, I will display these boots on my book case. They really are that beautiful.
Why are boots complicated? AKs and BKs already know so @ashleyshoo you can check out of this tweet cuz it's redundant. Getting boots on/off. Adjusting heel height. Walking in general. All the tryborgs act like walking is sooooo simple.
And maybe walking would be sooooo much more simple if the tryborgs new how to design some dadgum legs & feet. But they don't know how. But they pretend they do. So we get into this boot situation.
So the boots are on my bookcase. I'm on the sofa. I don't have my cyborg leg on. I'm there writing a poem. It's not even a good poem. The poem is like "maybe I could be an incredible crip poem if you just put the boot on" and I'm like what? Only one boot?
Laura Hershey says yeah.
Lucille Clifton says yeah.
Josephine Miles says yeah.
H.D. says yeah.
Hephaestus says yeah.
The Crip/Cyborg Chorus: Yeah. Only one boot.
I'm like no. It cannot be done. Shoes come in pairs. Boots come in pairs. Legs come in pairs. I cannot walk on one boot on crutches.

The Chorus: Why do you need to walk right now? You're writing a poem. Who writes a poem while walking?
My mind is like this b&w photo of Lucille Ball making the biggest surprised look with her eyes and mouth. She is very surprised and likewise I am very surprised.
The Cyborg/Crip/Disabled Chorus: "Duh Jillian duh. We wear one shoe all the time. One shoe is now and the future. One shoe is art and culture. Ours. You can even buy shoes you can't walk in. You don't need to walk to wear shoes."
And my mind is like this GIF of Fairuza Balk with wide eyes saying "What's going on?"
So here's the boot. I'm on the sofa wearing it. It's light brown leather w/ zippers and rivets. I feel kind of strange. Kind of like THAT REALLY TOOK MY ENTIRE LIFE TO FIGURE OUT DIDN'T IT. And another feeling. Pleasure. All mine. So now I'll get back to this poem I'm writing. Image
THIS IS NOT AN OVERCOMING STORY b/c the poem still sux. However, this is a #CripGain story h/t Kim Q. Hall & what is crip gain? "Wisdom unique to the disabled experience."
When you're not one-booting a poem, you can just keep your boots on your bookcase. Example 1. Plz let there be many more examples to come. #ShowYourBoot #Poets Image
Image of book case with boots on it. White framed and matted issue of Playboy from probably the 1950s. Blonde white woman on cover. Sleepy eyes. Nabokov story inside this issue. Haven't read it. Prolly good. Idk about #Nabokov. I luv Lolita but not Pale Fire.

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