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one word at a time

Updated on September 4, 2014

in the afternoons, the sun opens the room

like a portal: warms the hands and feet

and throat and makes things seem possible.


if i just keep going, one word at a time,

i will be made real, consequential -- but

consequences are usually negative.


nothing that is true is inappropriate,

a colleague once said. i wrote a word sonnet

about suicide while my daughter was at school:


it

happens

like

this,

in

the

span

of

a

breath,

with

stealth

and

quickness


just then the landscapers entered

my yard, opened the gate and made the

deer flee; and then it was only me.

© 2014 Michelle Warner

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