I AM

Photo by author, 2018

I am from the orange-speckled shag carpet and purple beads
that adorned my childhood home — from the fragrant, tangy, honeyed gardenia, kumquat and tangerine trees

I am from the tacky-sapped gaping rubber jungle gym which lured me to perambulate its branches — from red-tubed Pringles, orange slices, Sunny D
cleats, grass…

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Ann Marie Steele

Ann Marie Steele

I pen poetry about love and loss, what I observe and experience — I write about hope. My writing has been described as resiliently defiant.