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Poetry by Hege Jakobsen Lepri

In Transit


After the second security check

My head heavy with tongues

of countries I barely touched,

words grinding their incomprehensible

urgency into my jaw


I chew on returning questions

Why I keep defying climate change

confined in an in-between space

too tight to swallow my doubts

or defend my reasons


I rip the teabag open

watch how the leaves surrender

wait until the last fragment lands

and I can read

what it all means




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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