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Poem: "Saturday Poetry Workshop: What Have You Learned" 

Saturday Poetry Workshop: What Have You Learned?

I learned ... that a huge weight lifted off my shoulders just moves
to land hard on my heart.

I wish I felt empty.

I learned that time moves according to memory and
not the other way around.

I could say I learned how to
navigate the miasma of hospitals and jargon and cancer but–

Anyone can learn that.

I learned that the diagnostic differential is really what they call it–just like on T.V.

I learned that a janitor
covering me with our worn Mexican blanket as I slept on the final chair-bed next to you
is what finally made me cry.

—Lisa St. John

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