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Opal Publishing Magazine

Who Am I?

The magazine is in!!!!!! Pretty much the

It’s funny you should ask.


I am a daughter, sister, friend, student, teacher, writer, dreamer, traveler, adventure-seeker, extrovert...


I am everyone and no one. Like a chameleon, I adapt to my surroundings. Showing a glimpse of the person you want to see, with just a dash of hiding who I truly am.


I am a young girl trying to find her place in the world. A kindred spirit just waiting to be set free. My flame dampened by harmful words directed at me. 


I am caught between a fantastical dream world and brutally harsh reality. Forced to wallow in painful memories and envy the times of joy.


I am an excitable soul who craves the attention of anyone willing to share. Cherishing every moment spent with the people I love.


So who am I? I’m not sure. I’m still trying to figure that out.


A once common phrase.

A familiar image.

Readily understandable,

Now misheard.


“On tenderhooks.”

Images of meat.

An overwhelming thought.



A gruesome act.

Delicate lace tortured.

Rigorously scrubbed.



End to end.

A large wooden frame.

Hung to dry.



Stuck in anxious suspense.

Emotional limit exceeded.

The meaning,



*Source. A found poem based on “On Tenterhooks” by Michael Quinion.

Quinion, Michael. "World Wide Words." 12 February 2000. On Tenterhooks. 29 October 2018.

Juice 2019

University of Winnipeg