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Breath & Shadow

Summer 2021 - Vol. 18, Issue 3


written by

Colleen Anderson

Can my life be flattened

into a book

the memorable moments

high contrast black and white

not just scraped knees, a nosebleed

passing bullies whose taunts helped bind me

with more than skin?

Can my life really be thin as ink

applied in fine strokes to a veneer

that I will become?

Only tempestuous times

of lovers and loss

will place me onto a page.

When I am picked up

touched lightly and read

will you have any idea

of all those heartbeats

inconspicuous days spent living

moments of breaths indrawn

tasting the world

words said aloud

that are not written between the lines?

Colleen Anderson is a Canada Council and BC Arts Council recipient in writing. Her poetry has been nominated for the Aurora, Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards, and placed in the Crucible, Wax Poetry, Rannu and Balticon contests. Some recent and forthcoming works are in Penumbric, Space and Time, Dreams and Nightmares, and HWA Poetry Showcase. Colleen’s poetry collection, I Dreamed a World, will be published this year.

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