Velum

Every body part has a name. Some of them are silly, like velum and fibula and phalanges and zygomatic arch Some of them are over before you process them, like foot and chin and pore. If given the choice between the basic big toe and the scientific hallux I think you should use the flashier,…

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Lozenges

The only way to get rid of all those awful, hateful things you say to yourself is to solidify them into lozenges, place them on your tongue, and let them dissolve. Form your I’m not good enoughs into a blue raspberry drop, your I can’t do its into a cherry drop, and your I don’t…

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Toxic

You’re toxic, I’m slipping under.  She sent me 21 snippets of paper with one word on each and said, “Here. Make a poem out of these.” The idea excited me, the poet in me, until I finally told her I couldn’t be her friend any longer. A week later I opened the slips and saw the…

Finally, An Answer

It’s been a long time since I’ve been asked, “What’d you learn in school today, Sabina?”  It’s a question that I don’t think should disappear as we age into high school and college. We should always be sharing things we’ve learned, discussing their implications, thinking critically about their importance or lack thereof. Today in my Basic…