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Not Around

by Emily Stern

November 14, 2010 | 5:45 am

Written in 2007.
This is a level of consciousness with which I am no longer engaged, at the moment,  Thank Gd. I wonder if others are. Please have faith, if you are.

Not Around

The Universe Is keeping me passive
by forcing me to forget before I forgive.

They are plucking roses from the ground at
the first sign that they live.

My sister is starving
and they’re saying it’s sexy

The boy with the visor walks by and
I’m wondering if his parents are proud of
what he does when they’re not around of
what they don’t see him do.

That he isn’t like me
sucking up to the people in power

That he isn’t like me
keeping himself from breathing

keeping herself from bleeding
around those who struggle from having
fallen down. Relieved when they
are not around.

Afraid of becoming all the pain that i see.
Afraid that they are me.



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Emily Stern is a devotional poet and songwriter. Her album “Birth Day” can be downloaded on iTunes or from CD baby.  As an actor and playwright, her plays have been performed...

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