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An Ode to a Crooked Spine

September 12, 2012
By AislinnBluejay GOLD, Sag Harbor, New York
AislinnBluejay GOLD, Sag Harbor, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"I did not ask for the life which has been given to me, but it was given nonetheless. And with it, I have done my best."--Ekho, from Lost

“It’s okay,” the doctor said,
And his eyes were lights in windows.
“You don’t need, ‘fixing up’, or changing.
You’ll be fine with your slightly curved spine.”
“Is this true?” I ask incredulously,
My voice a clear-eyed sky.
“I hear that people die.”
“Why, no! Not true, my darling, there are lots of folks out there
Whose spines are less than straightest,
And they’re not worse for wear.
Their hair is curled,
Their eyes are waved,
And their spines are curved and loopy.
But their blossoms face the sky,
Far from mud-crowned and droopy.”
“But I’m not a spine, I’m Hope.
I’m not just a crooked spine!”
He smiles. “No, you’re not, my darling, just a crooked spine.
Your spine is part of you.
Your voice has rang out sweet and clear
But you are not a shrew.
You’re more you than anything, but you’ve got a crooked spine.
You’ve got yours and I’ve got mine.”

The author's comments:
My name is Hope and I've been writing since I learned to write. I had scoliosis for a year and I almost had to go through surgery, and I've always been different. I used this as a metaphor. Good luck to everyone out there!

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on Jan. 31 2013 at 11:32 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

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