By: Lucia Gardiner

Poetry is my bodyguard: security against all suctioning discord —

I’ve realized, through languid battles against meaningless grievances, that poetry is more than just “elevated thoughts”;

It is my entirety:

My naked freckled transparent body, transparent soul-

Poetry is a friend; a long lost brother now found; come and have a cup of coffee with me so we can catch up on all that we’ve missed

Poetry is my sanity in insanity

My sense in nonsense

My inevitable mistakes and successes —

Poetry is my amaranthine virtue