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a poem for irina poulet

irina poulet passed away in 2013. irina was a poet, writer, and intellectually supercharged womyn. she struggled for many years with anorexia and myriad emotional challenges. she was an incredible supporter of my work and composed some brilliant poetry in honor of my own. i miss her terribly. special thanks

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poetry

i don’t remember

this poem is NOT about “what happened.”

it’s about my struggle with “remembering.” it took years and years to remember as much as i know now. but, in “remembering,” and focusing on healing, i am slowing letting go.

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poetry

do i?

do i

cut my hair?

or

do i

pull it out?

do i

dye my dirty blonde

triple-process platinum?

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poetry

a moment (to breathe)

and in these moments

of ever so quiet panic

and

anxiety-ridden

pulmonary drama

i seek

just a sparing breath

yes

just a breath

a moment

please

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a moment (of strength)

…there are these moments

these little, tiny moments
when, again my strength is tested

when, again my resolve is forcibly entrusted

with ever greater need
to rise above and beyond what I believe I can exceed.

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poetry

we are more

we are more
than
the size of our frames

we are more
than the letters, the digits,

the numbers
behind each of our names

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poetry

when i write (perhaps, to heal)

when i write….
…perhaps, to heal….
i love…. the texture, the touch,
the sensation,
that….
“feel”
the gentle “click, click, click” of the keys…

….the real deal
is what i need.

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