Paper Poetry
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Paper Poetry

Epigraphic Poem

It’s the Way I’m Meant to Be

Free Verse

A grey-lead pencil illustration of the head and shoulders of a woman wearing glasses and a turtle-neck jumper — self-portrait of Carolyn Hastings
Self portrait in pencil by the writer — look familiar?!

‘For unless I am myself, I am nobody’
Virginia Woolf

I’m only ever who I am
There’s only ever one of me
I can’t be anyone but myself
It’s the way I’m meant to be
If I wasn’t who I am
I would cease being only me
And for me there really is no other




We are living in the digital world, covered in the autonomous aspects & tracked motions of life. Yet, somehow we are losing some critical elements. Keyboards, touchpads, & speech-to-text are there, but we believe that handwritten words on paper is still meaningful to some poets.

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Carolyn Hastings

Carolyn Hastings

Well-practiced speech pathologist now practicing to be a children’s book writer — emphasis on practicing.

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