Blessed, 19 years old in June, a cursed blessing —
giggly drunk as basement gods blessed —
trampoline danger game, bleeding chin blessed —
God-can-hear-you-bad-mouth words blessed —
pirate island in my cousin’s backyard blessed —
college-kids-in-love blessed —
wishing on Ostara stars, Lake Erie blessed —
what-should-my-writer-name-be blessed —
washing background tables for coins blessed —
under-the-door-petrichor, storm-breaking traffic blessed —
Winter-Long hair, Spring-Short temper blessed —
Mom’s snip-snip, split ends dead blessed —
broken 2 AM-suburb-train blessed —
willing cells to age, mourning cosmic youth blessed —
Blessing the young, middle, old, dead, alive, blessed.
Julieanne Larick is a Midwestern Best of the Net-nominated poet. She studies English and Environmental Science at The College of Wooster. Julieanne reads prose for GASHER Journal. She has poems published in perhappened mag, Blue Marble Review, NECTAR Poetry, and others. Her portfolio is http://www.julielarickwriting.com and her Twitter is @crookyshanks.