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WATCH Miriam Hechtman recite her poem, Emerging

Miriam Hechtman
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Published: 24 August 2020

Last updated: 5 March 2024

Recently I made a decision, I'm just going to love you - WATCH MIRIAM’S POETRY READING


Recently I made a decision

I’m just going to love you

I’m going to love you and love you more


With arms stretched

A thousand olive branches


Never to be needed

I’m going to hold in words like air

Let them breathe out through every other crevice

But my mouth

These lips that know how to arrange beautiful words

But so too ugly

This mouth

That has uttered golden lines

Spawn from heart shaped boxes

But so too the gutter

I will refrain

I will hold

In slow motion

Any inkling of fire

Reel it back in swiftly, quietly

You will not know my bitterness

And I will only meet it momentarily

A quick hello

A nod in remembrance

We will soon become strangers

This bitterness and I

Past the threshold of familiar

Of comfort

Of thoughtless repetition

Knee jerk reaction

And this mouth

This throat

This heart

Humbled by time

Buoyed by this mortal coil

Will just love you

Video by Miriam Hechtman

About the author

Miriam Hechtman

Sydney-based Miriam Hechtman is an Australian writer, creative producer and poet. She is the founder and creative director of Poetica, a live poetry and music initiative and co-presenter and producer of WORDSMITH – the poetry podcast.

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