ARS POETICA by Sondra Morin

To get to the root of me
you will have to row
through the deep currents of your heart,
using toothpicks the size of oars,

passing all of those
that have been there before you,
and all of those coming with you.

And you will tell them your stories,
and they will tell you theirs,
and you will know
that they have never lied,

and you will know
that you have.

SONDRA MORIN lives in Chicago and is a small town New Englander at heart. Poems have appeared in Word on Wednesday: Anthology 7. She is currently compiling her first chapbook of poetry, and blogs at


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