Poems & Essays

20 Feb

from my body

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grew their bodies
i know every mole, toe, fingernail, belly button, dimple
strand of hair
sticky with watermelon juice
my body grew their bodies
and my heart grew
right along
this is what it is to watch part of yourself
grow into someone else
this is what it is like
to love yourself


Amanda Linsmeier is the author of Ditch Flowers (Penner Publishing, 2015). In 2014 she placed as a quarter-finalist in the Mary Shay Ballard Poetry Prize by Casey Shay Press. Other work has been featured in Portage Magazine, Brain, Child Magazine, and Literary Mama. When not writing or reading, she works part-time at her local library and brings home more books than she has time to read, but she sees this as a really great problem.

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