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CELEBRATING CREATIVE EXPRESSION AT BAYLOR SINCE 1966

Periaktoi Writing Post

Volume 54
Issue 1

Single Visual Art Post

  • Poetry
Found Poem: I am Found by Dana Mays, Ashleigh Huang, and Ellie Tomisek
Dana Mays, Ashleigh Huang, and Ellie Tomisek

 

Dear Nettie,
Being alive begin to seem like an awful strain.
Even thought I had the trees with me.
The whole earth.
The stars.
But look at me. When Shug left
happiness desert.

If she come, I be happy.
If she don’t, I be content.
We all have to start somewhere
if us want to do better
and our own self is what us have to hand.
This the lesson I was suppose to learn.

I read my fortune:
Because you are who you are,
the future look happy and bright.
The only way to stop making myself the serpent
is for me to accept myself as a child of God
no matter what I look like
or how I act.
This the lesson I was suppose to learn.

I hold my own
and it’s different.
And then I figure this the lesson I was suppose to learn.

I be so calm.
Your loving sister,
Celie