Thursday, 16 January 2020

Just Passing Through

by Mandy Brown

My brain has yet to relearn
the code for sunshine. So today I woke with untethered
sorrow just because. But also today

my four-year-old daughter gave me a dozen confetti kisses,
informed me I am her best momma. And today
I forgave someone, and today

four good morning messages from people far away
waited on my phone, and I texted my father to thank him
for being the first to love me best. And today 
the abused puppy I adopted shakes with excitement that
the tree outside my bedroom window is blooming white
popcorn buds. And today

my pain sits next to me, thankful I can afford its bus ticket,
comforted to know I will still wait at the stop to smile and
wave it goodbye just because.

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Mandy Brown (she/her) is a queer Central Texas poet, a 2019 Poetry Half-Marathon winner, and the 2013 recipient of A Room of Her Own Foundation's Tillie Olsen Fellowship. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Writers Resist, Eunoia Review, and more. Mandy currently teaches at an alternative school for high-risk students and loves it! Read more at

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