ONE POEM – Sally Yazwinski

Sally Yazwinski was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Western Massachusetts. She went on to earn her M.Ed in moderate disabilities and taught middle school for six years. She then earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Idaho. She’s currently living and going to graduate school in Cork Ireland, and slowly but surely visiting as many other countries as she can.


Oh my lord, we made it.
I was expecting something less,
something heartfelt.

Excuse me, this is a
feminist pink hat.
It’s for me.

One must remember,
a shark thought extinct,
lives. It lives!

He looked like
Hitler standing on that
podium, didn’t he?

Keep your cards close.
He’ll sneak a peek.
In three years just think.

A tug on your
ponytail. Shut the
fuck up.

Don’t you see?
We forgot it all.
What’s on the other side?

On the other side is everything.

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