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Choosing You
by Dawn Richerson

Monday, June 12, 2006
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Did I choose this –
to allow my little girl apple heart
to splinter into six halves,
each with a seed hint
of who I am? Did I
know you might deem me
complicated to my missing core?

Did I willingly walk the gauntlet
into a world of flying spirits dark
and thick, adhering to me
like sun-baked oil,
blackened grime?
Was I sent to stand firm
in white light center
shone by God
and defy darkness
that seemed to consume?

Did I pick this of all bodies to wear,
knowing its history of decay,
its protruding folds of skin,
imbalanced chemicals,
funny duck toes?
Would I have wanted
this large nose?

Did I make up my mind
in heaven before I came to be
to face down monsters lurking
in distant memory, decide
here and now to slay
the dragon dead,
knowing I might forfeit
the life I might have had?

Is it true I could have loved you,
understanding I might lose
the perfect place to serve and
be betrayed by those
who were my family
and have to watch you
shrug your shoulders
and leave me
without saying you
missed me, too?

Might I have risen day after day
decades on end just to choose
to forgive and to love,
to surrender all
but that true flag
I came to raise?

I did.
I will.
I do.

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Reviewed by jude forese 6/13/2006
you determination in overcoming obstacles is courageous ... this poem is tight, organized and expresses your emotions, apprehensions and hopes quite effectively ... good one, Dawn ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/12/2006
Intense and so well-crafted, Dawn. Much thought has gone into this and much specificity. Lives are contained within this piece. A whole chronology. And yet the effect of the starkness of the last three lines is enhanced and amplified by the richness of what preceeds it. Like in a marriage service, the whole breathlessness of the poem hangs on the avowal of the "I do". Marvellous completion here. You are sure and certain when it comes to driving your conclusions home. Bless you and thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/12/2006
Your poem is so intricately woven Dawn! I don't know how you do it, but in any case never stop, you are a wordsmith!

Love and Harmony,

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