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Image by Martino Pietropoli


Old me discovered she
can test the boundaries
of what she has known.

Stretch, bend,
fold, mold.
Weak points, rough edges,
loosen corners, pry them apart,
ask questions,
break the patterns she never chose.

The norm, barriers, appear as
too solid, unshakeable,
too strong, insurmountable at first.

Only at first.

With persistence, confidence,
support, hope,
change can happen, she’s read.
She’s seen it.
She can be more, anything,
A new woman.

Can’t wait to meet her.

Jennifer L. Turney enjoys the challenge of writing in as many different forms as possible: short stories, flash & micro fiction as well as novel-length pieces and most recently poetry. She has had short stories published in print and online with Blank Spaces Magazine and won the Best Manuscript Award at the Muskoka Novel Marathon in 2018 & 2019. She lives with her husband, 3 children (and several pets) in Huntsville, Ontario. She is also a practitioner of Shorinji-Ryu style karate – a discipline she has pursued with her son and daughters for almost a decade. 


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