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Poetry by Hege Jakobsen Lepri

Meet the Family

The brother of all words

yells ‘hypocrite’

from the bleachers

‘Remember that time’

he bellows

letting the rest of the sentence

drop into a void

of mangled memories


The sister of all words

Sneaks up behind me

During intermission whispering

I’m not sure that colour suits you

as well as you think

Then leaves

space for her perfume

to fill the room


The mother of all words

Fixes a point

in the middle

of my forehead

You have so many talents

she says

then holds her tongue

the way only she knows


The father of all words

is too busy

he’s somewhere

chopping or sawing

something is being transformed

somewhere between his hands

the sound of his axe

a reminder




Hege Jakobsen Lepri is a Norwegian-Canadian translator and writer. She had her first story published in English in 2013 and that has since been her writing language. Though she's primarily a prose writer, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in untethered, Prism International, Haiku journal, Under the Basho, Anti-Heroin Chic, Better than Starbucks, Watch your Head and Burning House Press. She has also been part of The Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto. You find her at www.hegeajlepri.ca

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