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2 poems

Post PTS Me

Will the real me please stand up!

No, not that hypervigilant rabbit.

The real Wendy

No, not that self-effacing nobody.

The real Wendy

Not the one who reaches out to others

in learned helplessness.

Where is Wendy free of trauma?

Is there such a one?

Can I ever truly know me, sans PTSD?

Who is this Wendy?  I have not yet met her

but I am searching.

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In Expansion

I thought I was my fear

I thought I was my fear

I thought I was my fear

She is not me.


I thought I was my tears

I thought I was my tears

I thought I was my tears

She is not me.


My startle response, ever present—No,

not me.


My years of disconnection, hooking up

with harmful people, causing harm,

dropping those who do no harm.

No, she is not me.


Self-doubt, self-abnegation, self-less, help-less.

These words are not me.


I am new in the burning universe.

Each moment, I become            free.


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To Form a Question

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Understanding Infant Surgery: Explaining Ourselves to Ourselves

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