"As Long As You Come Back" by Lynne Schmidt
If you dug your way out of your casket,
ripped apart the wood and silk,
knuckles cut down to the bone
as you scrambled through dirt.
If you crawled on decaying knees,
broken legs and shattered arms,
found a razor to slit the stitching of your mouth,
reformed your tongue, your eyes,
If you left a trail of dead with you
wherever you went,
burned grass, wingless insects,
roadkill littering the streets,
as long as you came back,
I’d welcome you home.
Lynne Schmidt is the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, and mental health professional with a focus in trauma and healing. She is the winner of the 2021 The Poetry Question Chapbook Award, and the 2020 New Women's Voices Contest. Her chapbooks include Sexytime (forthcoming with The Poetry Question), Dead Dog Poems (Finishing Line Press), Gravity (Nightingale and Sparrow Press), and On Becoming a Role Model (Thirty West). In 2012 she started the project, AbortionChat, which aims to lessen the stigma around abortion. When given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.
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