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gldstn
gldstnPublished Poetry Author - www.gldstn.ca
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"tracing my jaw with your thumb when I stopped to breathewondering
if this was all it took to crack something so strong.

This was the day I became aware of my fear of you."

Source: WWW.GLDSTN.CA

EXCERPT: FAMILIAR PRAISE

I told you pieced together facts about my now resigned grandmother.

How she painted a two story house blue with a single paintbrush, just because she felt like it.

That she sewed her own pants in a time when women were only women in skirts.

How I wished I had been gifted her name from a time when names felt more alive

How I wished I had been gifted her name from a time when names felt more alive like breathing, screaming, demanding things

How I wished I had been gifted her name from a time when names felt more alive like breathing, screaming, demanding things and mine never did suit me…

You then laughed at this too, like more clumsily filleted humor,

responding with something programmed along the lines of

responding with something programmed along the lines of “your name is beautiful though”

responding with something programmed along the lines of “your name is beautiful though” “you suit it so well”

responding with something programmed along the lines of “your name is beautiful though” “you suit it so well” and this made me nauseous.

I couldn't help but think that everyone I had ever met must have thought

I couldn't help but think that everyone I had ever met must have thought I was just as boring as my name had prepared them for.

This was the day I became aware of my fear of my mediocrity.

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