As We Lay Sleeping

People ask, do you carry because of fear?  No, I only fear the places I can’t carry.  It’s not fear, it’s awareness, of what stirs in the dark, what quietly walks our streets.  Most people, certainly too many young women, are oblivious to it.  I was too, until I saw violence up close.  It was like someone opened the window, suddenly letting in sound.  It doesn’t come in all at once, the dull whoosh of the wind, the cry of a hawk, the deep throated huff of an animal out in the dark.  Perhaps I’d been aware of the sound all along, but just never really listened to it, the sound being so far beyond my experience and naivety.

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11 thoughts on “As We Lay Sleeping

  1. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” -Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), “Usual Suspects”

    “In the absence of light, darkness prevails. There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers. Make no mistake about that. And we are the ones who bump back.” -Professor Trevor ‘Broom’ Bruttenholm (John Hurt) “Hellboy”

  2. agirl… per the email I sent you… we now have a sixteen year-old gal that knows what you know… what I know… what Brigid knows… yet still… so few folks really let themselves know…

    Dann in Ohio

    • Well, we are aiming to inform them aren’t we Dann? These criminals are getting bolder and bolder.

  3. It never ceases to amaze me, the people that choose to ignore the fact that there are others who would harm them. They either think that “bad” guys. Don’t exist or are of the “it would never happen to me crowd”.

    Unfortunatly it does happen For that reason I choose to carry. So that I can be prepared in the worst case scenario. Hopefully that scenario won’t arise.

    • It’s crazy the level to which people will go to stick their heads in the sand and hide.

      I am glad you are not one of them.

  4. Yep, there ARE those who would do harm because they think they can get away with it… And you BOTH are VERY good at putting your feelings/heart into words. Thanks!

  5. Often we see victims of these crimes as ostriches or naïve, but they are people who see the good in others and think that the blanket of safety that is provided to them by police officers, first responders and their countries military is more than enough to keep them safe. Those of us that have suffered or have been the wolves among these sheep, know that evil is out there and that the milk of human kindness is often not as sweet as it appears. Kill or be killed is something I often using in training because those of us who have fought or been victimized by others know that in heartbeat situations can turn from bad to worse, I am thankful we have people in our communities that are prepared and vigilant, to defend and aid those people who have not seen the darkness that lurks in humanity, because those people who see the good in everyone need our protection and guidance sometimes after the fact but it is needed none the less.


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