Software program for my twenty-year-old selfby Cyndie Zikmund
Start: Consider how you want your life to un- / fold
Who will you love | the father figure? the rebel?
Imagine you chose the father figure
Love out of season withers un- / fed
Search for / long for / lost calendar pages \\ return to start
Imagine the rebel
Late nights / under- \ currents / drift- \ wood
Wait for- / ever / for elusive smooth water \\ return to start
Go to: / youhaveto / learnto / loveyour- / self / beforeyou / canlove /anyone / else
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Cyndie Zikmund’s essays have appeared in Pink Panther Magazine, Magnolia Review, The Literary Traveler, and an upcoming issue of Under the Gum Tree. Her book reviews have been published by River Teeth, and Southern Review of Books. She is an editor for Magnolia Review, and served as Creative Nonfiction Editor for Qu Literary Magazine. She has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, MBA from Santa Clara University, and BS EECS from UC Berkeley.