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Do As I Say

written by: Dana Kinsey

@wordsbyDK

 

"Nothing" was my answer most days
It reverbed in passive echoes

"What can you add?" was the question
But "can" and "will" do not share souls
No heart-shaped tree carvings for them

Just know, I teemed with thought bubbles
Smart balloons stretched taut with regret

Same ones you swallow in my class
Locked girl, Caged Bird, sans words

Like Hester Prynne and Stella K.
"Nothing" was my answer most days

Just know, I teemed with thought bubbles
Like all the women slayed in Nam
Except eight engraved on that Wall

Hold not your peace but speak
For you and for me and for Eve

Dana Kinsey

Dana Kinsey

Dana Kinsey is a teacher, writer, and actor from Lancaster, PA. She holds a BA in English from King’s College as well as an MA in Theater from Villanova University. She is currently a faculty member in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Lancaster Catholic High School. Her work has been published in Yellow Chair Review, Broadkill Review, Fledgling Rag, Silver Needle Press, Harrisburg Magazine, 717, and Teaching Theatre. Her play WaterRise, based on a poem of the same title, was featured in the Radioactive Festival at the Gene Frankel Theatre in Greenwich Village.
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