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I need people

who will see my cracked self

and not try to play the hero

nor come swooping in

on the wings of “here, cheer up”

nor the mighty flexing arms of advice,

but will sit next to me

and wait for me

to sort out the pieces

while I glue myself together.

Poem: NERYS (KYRA) ZIMMERMAN grew up in Minnesota and has been living in Saint Paul for four years. They are a University of Minnesota and Hamline alumni and currently a science teacher in Saint Paul. When not teaching, they enjoy aerial arts and adopting ferrets.


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