“Poetry became an escape from living within the confines of a misunderstood illness. Adjustments have had to be made by me and my loved ones, and many doors have been closed. I’m often too frightened to step through them; but I’m now more able to embrace life and draw inspiration from the world in a broader sense.” —Christine Magee
A Birthday Gift
by Christine Magee
She wanted to turn around and walk back
to the time she first said yes instead of no,
smiled crooked smiles and spoke in opposites
so that true emotions didn’t show.
She must find a way to let stifled tears flow.
She thought climbing the years to reach this age
would have been less exhausting somehow;
with the simple adjustment of a word or phrase
life could be very different now.... Read more
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