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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.

Tenterhook*

A once common phrase.

A familiar image.

Readily understandable,

Now misheard.

 

“On tenderhooks.”

Images of meat.

An overwhelming thought.

Misguided.

 

A gruesome act.

Delicate lace tortured.

Rigorously scrubbed.

Stretched.

 

End to end.

A large wooden frame.

Hung to dry.

Flattened.

 

Stuck in anxious suspense.

Emotional limit exceeded.

The meaning,

Survived.

 

*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