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Apr 2018
(NaPoWriMo Challenge: April 27, 2018)

I would call what we do a trek
but it’s not really a trek

or an odyssey or adventure;
although it’s surely a hike,

sometimes a trudge or a slog—
moving the emotional self up a hill

with books and plans and gurus
indulging as we do, gleefully,

in the spa of self-explication
mapping patterns of the head

and heart through phone lines
and meetups, knowingly

like Sisyphus with his boulder
of hubris and comforting purpose,

he’s a proto-plucky yank, willful
but never crafty enough

to outsmart his own charming,
deceitful, underworldly self.
These poems for NaPoWriMo were inspired by a poem I did years ago for my friend Michelle after hearing she passed away, 30 poems for inspiring women connected to me. The title now says "33 Women" because the poem to Michelle poem had already been written as well as two prologues I posted March 31.
Mary McCray
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Mary McCray
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