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Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2015

Volume 12 Issue 3

 

 

No Longer Need I Be Afraid

By Lee Todd Lacks




Tiny black blot on the horizon

Dreadful thing

I saw it coming

For years, I've been waiting, when

there was nothing left to fear.

No longer need I be afraid.

In a dimly-lit office,

outside of town, after hours,

the usual examination, the grim prognosis;

this thin thread's breaking from a twenty-year weight.

Damn your insufferable pessimism!

You're practically cackling when I say,

No longer need I be afraid!


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A Thousand Hertz

By Lee Todd Lacks




At night, when I hear ringing,

I can still convince myself,

random hair cells have resounded

at a thousand hertz and below.

Yet, even then, I fear the way

they merely say goodbye,

vibrating in sympathy,

short seconds before

they

die.


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Lee Todd Lacks is a mixed-media artist, music therapist, and clinical counselor, who seeks to blur the distinctions between rants, chants, anecdotes, and anthems. His experience of living with significant vision and hearing deficits often informs his writing, which has appeared in The Alembic, Clockwise Cat, and Tincture Journal. Lee Todd resides in South Portland, Maine, where he lives happily with his wife and young son. Recordings of his spoken word material can be found at https://leetoddlacks.bandcamp.com












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