Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Echoic Poet Jennifer Patino

Please Welcome Poet Jennifer Patino 



Poet's Bio
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Jennifer Patino has been writing poems and short stories since she was six years old. Her work has been featured in Enfuse Magazine, Garden Gnome Publications, and the March 2017 issue of FONT Magazine. When she isn't writing or editing, she enjoys reading, watching all kinds of movies and making the occasional collage or painting. She now lives in Las Vegas with her artist husband.


Growing Up

Just keep doing...
doing.
Just do it.

What about when
it's all so logical,
so simple,
seems like
it's so easy,
so, so easy
and my arms
& legs won't
work?
My limbs are wrapped
in twine
or pillows.
They seem farther & farther away.
They can't hear
you tell
them to move.
They are lead.
They are petrified.

How did we take those first steps?
Why did we take those first steps?

I think it's because
all the big people kept
trying to tell us
what we could
& couldn't do
so we wanted to run.

We wanted to be like
fish again
& swim
& eat
& die.

I can't move
of my own volition
on the days
when the air
is full of untruth soup
& the hatred
from everyone's
mouths,
whether they be
in my ears or my eyes,
is deafening,
threatening,
or generally
neglecting
of all it took
in my journey
to get to the point
where I could block it all out.

I can't run
fast enough
or far enough
from
me now.

This is
what
growing up
feels like.