Poems

Talking About Sallie

One

Sallie makes jokes and asks about how everyone is
and deflects any mention of Sallie.


Two

When pressed, Sallie minimizes and says,
"Oh I think these are things that everyone goes through."


Three

Sallie becomes more honest and will say
"I'm not into denial, but I am into avoidance."


Four

Sallie realizes, after sufficient physical catastrophes,
that avoidance and denial are killers.


Five

Sallie is now open about her life.


Six

Sallie talks about her life more than she ever dreamed she would.

--Sallie Ann Harrison