All those other words

*(clockwise) Christina Rosetti; Dorothy Parker; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Emily Dickinson*

My face feels like concrete –

like a devil is square-dancing on my sinuses

and while I have been moving in

between sadness and I’m fine-ness

with the same delirium

pitched by fever,

I felt the corner turned

when I saw those words –

all those words that have been safely tucked away

on my bookshelf since 2002 –

that this has now passed,

and my I’m fine-ness

has persevered, once again…

© 2017 Erin Hoffman – all rights reserved

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