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  • Writer's pictureEmily Fortney

Settling My Soul at Sunrise

Lighthouse Cove, Lakeshore, ON

Archival Ink on Hemp, 11x14


I forget I can do this-

Witness the beginning

and ending of my day

saturated in Sun and

mesmerized by Water

Like two beautiful bookends

propping me up

holding life together

keeping it from tumbling off the shelf

I’ll admit

it is often a wilful forgetting

An intentional withholding

of beautiful spaces

that would allow/


this over thinker/

needs to find her way

Water - Wind - Moon - Sun

conspire there

like some phantom

An eternal chemist

bringing good medicine

to a heart needing

reminders to remember

the need to (at)tend to (her)self



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