A new poem by 2021 Biggs Family Poetry Prize winner Leah Dodd.
oh, the places I won’t go!
doctor, I have no brains in my head nor feet in my shoes
my shoes are full of coastal sand and my head
is full of green Goosebumps slime
doctor, I will not be going overseas for an OE
I will not be eating peaches in Portugal
or spoons of Turkish honey
doctor, I am afraid of the waiting place
I want the bright places, the boom
bands, even… the poogle-horns
doctor, are you a real doctor?
doctor, I have googled it
and learned that in fact
you were not
but your overbearing father
wanted you to be
doctor, I am in a slump
have you ever been in a slump?
from what I just learned about your father I think yes
doctor, my belly is full of olives and mushrooms
my fingers are coated in cheap
grease and shame
change is brewing
like a garden potion full of
children’s palm blood and piss
doctor, I was kissed
on moss-dark rocks by a tide pool
at dusk and I don’t even care
you died six years before I was born
but doctor, I am so stuck
can you help me?
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