Sunday, October 1, 2017

"I Knew You Before"

I share this beautiful poem by Karen Maezen Miller, entitled, "I Knew You Before," from Lion's Roar magazine in the 'Just So' section:

I KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE A VICTIM,

BEFORE YOU WERE A WRECK, A MESS, AND A BOMB.

WITHOUT A CROWNING SUCCESS OR CRIPPLING FAILURE.

BEFORE YOU HAD AN ISSUE, AN AXE, OR A CROSS.

NO DISORDER, NO SYNDROME, NO LABEL-

UNDIAGNOSED,

WITHOUT A BLEMISH OR SCAR.

BEFORE THAT NIGHT AND THE MORNING AFTER,

BEFORE THE AFTER AND BEFORE THE BEFORE.

BEFORE THE FALL, THE CRASH, THE CRIME,

WITHOUT AN UPGRADE OR MAKEOVER.

VERSION 0.0

NO STORY

NO NARRATION, NO CLOSED CAPTIONING,

NO FOOTNOTES AND NO BONUS FEATURES,

BEFORE YOU REMEMBERED TO FORGET AND FORGOT TO REMEMBER.

I KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE WHAT YOU SAY-

WHAT YOU THINK, WHAT YOU FEAR, WHAT YOU KNOW.

DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF BEFORE?

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