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AS IF I WERE ANYTHING BEFORE by Damian Rogers

Not all rocks
are alive. Or
so I’ve read.

Someone I love
is struggling, her thoughts
caught in a net.

Not all rocks
are alive. Or
so I’ve read.

Someone I love
is struggling, her thoughts
caught in a net.

Her face is full of grace,
her body evergreen,
her heart sharp

as the Canadian Shield.
I’m in Sudbury.
It’s snowing.

The pine trees looked lovely
as I drove
the treacherous roads.

I’m ill-equipped
for this. I sit
by a fake fireplace

that frames a true flame.
I have been crossed
by two crows today.

This tapestry depicts
the biggest bummer
of the new century.

She said you’re hurting
me. She said you’re
not a child.

 

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About Damian Rogers

Damian Rogers
Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and is now based in Toronto. Her first book, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She is the creative director at Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, a recitation contest for high-school students in Canada.