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    • POEM: Is/Not by Margaret Atwood (12/20/2006 9:26:00 AM)

      This is only half the poem. People should be more observant and careful before posting on the internet, but I guess in this age of immediacy, that may be too much to ask. The rest of the poem is this (and the first part of the poem should be labeled with 'i.') :


      I am not a saint or a cripple,
      I am not a wound; now I will see
      whether I am a coward.

      I dispose of my good manners,
      you don't have to kiss my wrists.

      This is a journey, not a war,
      there is no outcome,
      I renounce predictions

      and aspirins, I resign the future
      as I would resign an expired passport:
      picture and signature gone
      along with holidays and safe returns.

      We're stuck here
      on this side of the border
      in this country of thumbed streets and stale buildings

      where there is nothing spectacular
      to see and the weather is ordinary

      where love occurs in its pure form only
      on the cheaper of the souvenirs

      where we must walk slowly,
      where we may not get anywhere

      or anything, where we keep going,
      fighting our ways, our way
      not out but through.