• andrew jeter

The Truth

(from the napowrimo prompt: write a self-portrait poem in which you make a specific action a metaphor for your life – one that typically isn’t done all that often, or only in specific circumstances. For example, bowling, or shopping for socks, or shoveling snow, or teaching a child to tie its shoes.)

In the bio they asked me to write,

I say, “Lived on four continents

with five dogs and one husband,”


but I left out the part

where my mother taught me to bake

loaves of bread—

the kneading and resting and 

proofing

and thinking about all the cares

and plots and ideas

and the heart

when it ached or when it

didn’t at all.


I leave that out of my bio

every time.

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