it was bound to happen


things stack up,
get piled on top of her.
they add layers
and layers
and layers
of who she
should be
and how she
should act
and how she
should think
and feel
and look
and write
and speak
and walk
and dance
(or not dance, depending).
layer upon layer
upon layer
until one day
she just pops,
taking up much
more room than
she ever did before
and shouts
loud enough
for the folks
on pluto to hear
because she
simply can’t
hold it in
one nanosecond


More about 365 Altars


inspired by my soul mate and writing partner, julie daley.
hey, have you ordered a copy of her brand, new collection of essays, stories, and more?
if so, yay! if not, scoot.



  1. Julie Daley

    yes, we matter. beautiful. in all ways.
    thank you.
    love you.

    • whollyjeanne

      thank you, sugar, for the inspiration. xoxo

  2. sera

    Love to you both. Yes. WE matter.

    • whollyjeanne

      yes, yes, yes. and yes again. xoxo

  3. ☆little light☆

    Is that what that sound was?
    It sounded so much like a sigh…

    • whollyjeanne

      you know, even plain ole’ water kinda’ stings when it gets rerouted through the nose . . . you crack me up, moonshine.

  4. Cheryl (MrsWhich)

    And the people looked up, shrugged, and went back to what they were doing. She stood where she was and cried, sure she was alone, until she looked around and saw so many other women, standing alone, crying. Then one walked up and took her hand, and together they went forth to collect the rest.

  5. Meredith

    Indeed! We certainly do, don’t we?

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