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A Whale of a Tale by Kim Rumford

Poetry


This Is Not Who I Am

Melissa Bahle

This is not who I am

I am not concrete and obscene heat
I am damp woods at dusk surrounded by lightning bugs
and campfire smoke caught in hair
Who is this city girl? Who is this woman in charge?

This is not who I am

I am not population explosion and traffic standstill
I am quiet on the back porch with my feet on wicker rungs
and reading under the Catalpa tree smelling of purple Kool-Aid

This is not who I am

I am not dry desert air and mountain looming
I am humidity broken by rain and rolling green hills

This is not who I am

I am not JC Penney smart suit on sale and briefcase lunch meetings
I am hand-me-down jeans and barefoot solitude on a dirt road walk

I think it took me leaving to find out who I really am

You canít know me unless you know me there




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Reader Feedback:
This is an excellent example of fine verse...Very rhythmic and takes on a life of its own
~Mamabear

Makes me miss the woods even more. Great poem.
~Eric

I particularly like how you tie this together in the last line.
~Rosemary

I enjoyed your poem. I feel much the same way--having moved from forest to city many years ago.
~sue



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