no shrinking violet

words by e. spalding

To borrow a quote from William Friedkin, “True horror is seeing something approach.” In “A Guest for Mr. Spider,” true horror is seeing a lonely child approach something unspeakably horrible, and being unable to stop it, or look away.

In the doldrums of mid-morning and beneath fluorescent lamplightI have my monitors for company and my task list for accountability.Here is the work my skill set chose for me–to speak truth to powerThrough calculated risk factors, regulations and best practices,Records schedules, classification schemes that valuate a virtue,That we are–or ought to be–transparently, precisely what we …

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