Open 2023 Poems - Anne Mikusinski


And Other Reasons
By Anne Mikusinski


Lying awake
Thoughts lingering
Then moving on
Concerning why and
Things change
Without permission or
Everything is tenuous
As late night scrolling through
Various lives
Some here
Some gone
Pausing again at one
Who exists only in memory
Almost half my age
And wondering
If away from all of this
He sleeps in peace.


Anne Mikusinski from U.S., has always been in love with words, whether they have been read or spoken aloud. She has been writing poems and short stories since she was seven years old. Her influences range from Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath to David Byrne and Nick Cave. She hopes that someday, her writing will be as much of an influence on someone as these writers have been on her.


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