Fossilizing Trauma

“‘Not everything is a poem, Blythe,’ my mother scoffs. I laugh because I am certain everything is a poem if you catch it in just the right light, like a crystal.”

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“Not everything is a poem, Blythe,” my mother scoffs.
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I laugh because I am certain everything is a poem
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if you catch it in just the right light,
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like a crystal.
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But sometimes writing feels like I am turning the ugly history
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of my body into stone.
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I freeze violent memories into cement statues in these poems
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so they can no longer hurt me, they can only stare at me,
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which isn’t as bad, I guess.
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(applause)

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