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Bekah Steimel: Home Field Advantage


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/0CW459lCKs0) 11.02.2023.



Away Game


I carried my wife,

a curly-haired carrot, tethered to a stick

tethered

where I shouldered a promise

and focused

on what would shatter

if I broke it

focused

on what was worth shattering for

while Death

tried to break me


and I was shattered

and I did hold tight to the promise

and I did return


Returned with a heart still pumping in celebration

of a victory claimed

when Death had the home field advantage



About the Author: Bekah Steimel is an internationally published poetic person who was “mostly dead, slightly alive” on VV ECMO life support in 2019 from double lung failure (get your flu shot! And COVID vaccine as well!). An artist reporting back from the other side. Developing Chance Books LLC.


 

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