Why do we
often get
in own way?

Bad choices
due to

Responses that
help us weave
piecemeal ragtag

survival plan
to keep us in
hostile world

but also
narrow vision
and hope?

Why do we
repeat same steps,
follow same arrows,

go backwards
more often
than forward?

Why do we
become own
worst enemies?

When do we
let go of

world full
of wonder?

When will we
learn to love

who we
can be?


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.