I am the hero for once; this is what it feels like?by Daisy Bassen
Why won’t you wait for me?
I’ve been trying so hard
To catch up and you keep running.
The moon with her secret face,
The tides, the lover
Who’s been hurt and cannot forgive;
The future that is not guaranteed,
My own death, with her secret face.
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Daisy Bassen is a poet and practicing physician who graduated from Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program and completed her medical training at The University of Rochester and Brown. Her work has been published in Oberon, McSweeney’s, and PANK among other journals. She was the winner of the So to Speak 2019 Poetry Contest, the 2019 ILDS White Mice Contest and the 2020 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize. She was doubly nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net Anthology and for a 2019 and 2020 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Rhode Island with her family.