What Pain Becomes: A Vision Board

bandaid-blistered birdsong
secret handshake with the neighbor’s cat
connective tissue eye contact
watered by the gush gaze of a stranger
no / but thank you
hand-held storm cloud lasso
borrow it anytime
forgetting your umbrella / on purpose
slow dissolve under the tongue honey hum
juniper berry lipstick
loving again
star-drunk mountain air sips
campfire fizzle-pop moon music
slow pace smell-the-orchid-smile
almost crying and then / crying
because sober-lipped silent sunset
writing songs for the mandolin
letting the mandolin purr you to sleep
dreaming of your grandmother
all swan song and black coffee
sunrise / on purpose
cumulous cauliflower clouds
shaved-head scalp snuggles
baking cinnamon cake in the morning
smearing it on your cheeks like blush
sex / on purpose
yes / and thank you
breathing / a seaweed-sway lung waltz
Vidalia onion sweetsweet crunch
walks to the grocery store / alone / happy



Megan LeAnne is a multi-genre writer and teaching artist specializing in performance poetry and movement arts. She earned her B.A. in English Writing and serves as a poet mentor for Southern Word, Nashville’s non-profit, spreading literacy and performance skills through the vehicle of spoken word. Megan’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Write Launch, Native Magazine, Pithead Chapel, Talking Writing, MTSU’S Collage (winner best poem Fall 2015), and Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. Find her online @ML__Poeta on twitter or her website.



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