For You

a poem and paintings by Karen Cygnarowicz

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There is something about being
in a small room alone.

There is something else about being in a
large room with someone else.

I want to start at your toes
and never see you again.

This is all I own,
one ring on my right hand and
a couple cups of coffee.


I want to know
what I am doing
is only adding to the light
on a subject,

or, of the dust on the wooden floor
dances within me,
only settling when it wants to.


If I sit here
long enough
to watch my shadow
go to bed.

If I read a book.
If I never said.

I will never believe in regret or waste.
The glass is just another day.


There are good days
and bad, they say,

but I don’t hear anything
except one earbud in my ear

for all the flowers on the earth.

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Karen Cygnarowicz

Karen Cygnarowicz is a poet and artist currently working as a freelance editor and writer while studying her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. After a couple years living in Montpelier, Vermont, Karen and her boyfriend most recently traveled South East Asia and are moving towards their next adventure. She enjoys stories that capture character, poetry that embarks on the mountain of emotion, and films that really know how to use the sun. Visit her online portfolio here.

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