Poetry & Art

What If I Told You

What if I told you


Those marks of motherhood

were ribbons of silver and sweet plum


That your layers and folds

were waves to smooth the sand


What if I told you 


Those lines by your eyes

are a love letter to how far you’ve come


That your hair reminds the world

of wildflowers 


What if I told you: your body 

doesn’t hold your heart, your worth, 

your unfolding


What if I told you 


That the shore cannot contain 

the ocean 

by Emily Patterson

Emily Patterson is a writer and editor in Columbus, Ohio. She studied English and Music at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the F.L. Hunt Prize for most promising student in creative writing. Emily is currently pursuing an M.A. in Literature for Children and Young Adults at Ohio State University. Emily's work has been published in Spry Literary Journal, catheXis Northwest Press, Harness Magazine Issue III: Poetry & Motherhood, Eunoia Review, Pinkley Press, and elsewhere. Emily is currently writing her first chapbook of poems and a novel-in-verse for middle readers. She works as an editor for an educational publisher located in Columbus.

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