#RIME-TIME: The Gaslight (A Short Act)

A poem inspired by the film Gaslight (1940) that inspired the term ‘gaslighting’.

Writer’s note: Often films I see, or stories I read, influence the ideas I have when writing. I recently discovered the film that inspired the term ‘gaslighting’ (Gaslight, 1940) and [badum tss] decided to write something. I often get writer’s block, so poetry is short enough for me to get myself writing, but also get my creativity flowing again. This poem is the first one I have written in nearly 9 months, and I feel it may be simple, but one you can enjoy!

A windswept thief at night

A conniving murderer at dawn

my foolish anticipation of

endearing compliments

affections

adornments

colloquial turn of phrase

promising of love and adoration

Empty

The footsteps in my head

The dimming gaslight in our home

“perhaps i am mistaken”

(or suffering Stockholm?)

i could have sworn i saw him

Yell

Angry

Enraged at what i…

or perhaps

the gaslight is still burning bright

and i am (by myself) misled?

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#RIME-TIME: Are you okay?

I couldn’t resist posting this poem – we’ll leave it open to your interpretation.

Art by deisa on Instagram

E/N: While March introduces our next #SHADY theme, I couldn’t resist posting this poem before any ‘aquamarine’ posts.

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Written by The Traveller

Are you okay?
It’s always asked too late, too seldom, after the fact.
Deal with your shit. Nobody’s going to do it for you. But don’t forget to speak about it.

Ironic.

Let me speak about the problem to be told it’s a problem, lazy answers from lazy mouths filled with conceited responses.

I’m no different, I don’t know why it bothers me.

I guess I’m still waiting for someone to ask.
So I’ll remain silent about my conflict and hope nobody sees it and my eyes don’t reveal it.

I know you feel the same, you wish somebody could guide you in the right way. I’m sorry it’s not me. I’m sorry it’s not today.

But you and I, we struggle, hustle, fumble, tremble, let our hearts rumble. All in silence.

#SHADY: The Colours for this Year

A list of our #SHADY monthly colour themes for 2021.

Art taken from @seaoflove on Tumblr: “hilma af clint, untitled (1931)”
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One of our first ideas for 2021 was to introduce the theme of colours for each month: emotions, aesthetics, meaningfulness and more. The idea behind #SHADY is to celebrate the vibrancy of the spectrum of life – especially after the year we’ve had in 2020🌟.

Here are the colours for #SHADY 2021:

  • Feb: White – fresh starts, love
  • March: Aquamarine – calmness, International Women’s Day
  • April: Yellow – happiness, Ramadaan
  • May: Peach – nature, flora, Mothers’ Day
  • June: Light Blue – peacefulness
  • July: Red – contentment
  • Aug: Green – youth, nurturing, youth, Women’s Month
  • Sept: Brown – strength, Heritage Month
  • Oct: Pink/Black – Cancer Awareness Month, Halloween
  • Nov: Lilac – Beauty, Days of Activism
  • Dec: Gold – festivity, celebration

We keep GOTB alive by asking our community for contribution – and we are always open to new creatives. If you’d like to send us some your writing, then contact us at girlonthebusza@gmail.com 🐥

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#SHADY: Your ‘Whitely’ Thoughts🌼

Some of your thoughts on our introductory colour: white!

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This month we introduced our first #SHADY theme with the colour White. We read beautiful poetry and stories, but we also wanted to know what white meant to every one of us – hence us asking your thoughts on the crisp colour.

Here are some of the thoughts we received:

Now that our theme of white is nearing its end (gone but not forgotten) please keep a lookout for our upcoming themes: March introduces Aquamarine!

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Introducing #SHADY🎨

To celebrate the vibrancy of life, and the good times, we came up with our first idea for 2021…

Artwork by Melanie Vugich: @melanievugich on Instagram
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2021 is in full swing! After the rollercoaster that we were all forced onto last year, let’s all speak happiness and tranquillity into existence for this new year ahead🕊️

That said, last year we tried our hand at a lot of creativeness – thanks to our lovely writers 2020 was an amazing year for GirlOnTheBus. This year, we’re going through a makeover – new colours, new images… but same eccentricity (if not more). Adding on, we’ve also come up with a few ideas for this year to truly make the blog ✨shine✨

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To celebrate the vibrancy of life, and the good times, we came up with our first idea for 2021, drumroll…

#SHADY🎨! This is our latest idea all about the emotions, aesthetics and meanings behind the colours of life. This means that each month will have its own colour theme encompassing the events of that month, or a colour that we felt just ‘fit’ the month it was assigned to.

Want to join the ride? Then come and get a bus ticket! Well, more like ‘send us an email’ at girlonthebusza@gmail.com… we’re always welcoming more creative humans.

Here’s to a colourful 2021: filled with new stories, poems, articles and different shades of quirkiness🏳️‍🌈

Sleep on your bed, not on DAY6.
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The 2020 Bus Ride: Our Year in Review 🚌

A review of everything we’ve done together on the bus this year.

2020 has been a wild (unexpectedly long) bus ride for all of us: we’ve hit lots of bumps on the road, but we’ve managed to have a little fun regardless.

This year we tried out, and added, a few new things: new, talented writers; new SPOOPY posts for October; posting once a week; lots and lots of poetry and short stories. It’s (semi-) safe to say that 2020 was our fullest bus ride yet and we’re super thankful for that.

To prepare for 2021, and the ideas we’ve got stacked up, here’s a review of everything we’ve done together on the bus this year.

P.S. Authors who do not have their own profiles on GOTB have Italicised names.

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We looked at lots of things we liked

Continue reading “The 2020 Bus Ride: Our Year in Review 🚌”

#RIME-TIME: The poem I should’ve written

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E/N: The poem is self-explanatory, so I felt the writer didn’t need to add the usual little explanation/motivation to accompany it.

Written by ‘The Traveller’

The poem I should’ve written, should’ve been about her.

3 years ago she wrote me a letter, telling me how she felt. Lord knows I felt the same but my bloodshot eyes made me go insane.

My bloodshot eyes infected my mind and made me feel unworthy.

Brought back to life and felt so dizzy…

The next day I left. I should’ve said something sooner… 

I should’ve told her, I’m falling in love with the person before me. Should’ve told her I don’t want to leave, I’m too young and it’s too early. 

Took the journey and felt regret, upon seeing my hometown once again. 

A few months went by, I should’ve asked why she’d been so quiet… 

Tortured by solitude, my thoughts left in silence. Not physical but performing emotional self-violence. Destroying myself with narcotics partnered with ciders. Smile on my face as I entertain backstabbers and liars. 

I came home. I should’ve ran to her… 

I spoke to her that night, texting back and forth as I lay on the floor, hoping, praying she’d come through the door. I should’ve told her I missed her I should’ve told her I cared. 

I couldn’t let her fall for me, I was too weak. 

I kept my distance to protect her, deflect her, almost to reject her. When I saw her again in person I melted, but melted in silence. 

We stopped speaking. I should’ve said something… 

Again she was in my sight. Not in my circle. In the distance, her smile not the same, her eyes still so bright. I think about her every day and every single night…. 

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#RIME-TIME: Just a Dream

“This was me taking a step towards understanding that people aren’t the fantasies you create about them.”

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Image taken from Pinterest: https://pin.it/7Hr9f61

From the writer: “This was me taking a step towards understanding that people aren’t the fantasies you create about them.”

Just a dream

in my dream, you were holding me 

your rough, calloused hands gently

held my cheeks as if i were made of

glass and with one wrong move,

you could shatter me.

in my dream, you were perfect

you were funny, but never over-stepped

the boundaries i had put up so long ago

you were kind, but never too kind

to avoid people walking over you.

in my dream, she was not there and

your heart did not belong to her

you did not sing her praises at every opportunity

you did not tell me about how pretty she was 

or how much you wished she was yours.

in my dream, you told me you’d

choose me over everyone and anything

you told me that even though your heart had been broken 

more times than what you could count, 

even though it’s barely being held together by a delicate string,

you’d still give it to me.

and in that moment

i believed you,

everything was okay.

but it was just a dream .

~ Written by Anonymous

Thanks for reading! GirlOnTheBus is powered by a strong, sassy group of women with a love for writing and sharing stories. If you know of someone in your community doing amazing things for themselves or others, let us know! You can tag us in posts on social media with #girlonthebusblog or send us an email under the GOT SOMETHIN’ TO SAY tab. So easy! We look forward to hearing about the talented and simply stellar individuals across the globe.

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