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The Convert

October 15, 2010

by Eric Burke

In her new life, she was like a nation.
This was how she felt. She was beginning

to feel the responsibility of being many,
of having pasts

from which she could separate herself,
of having harmed many

but of being now innocent.
So, around her past, she stepped

carefully, with a hesitation
that felt like subtlety,

like nuance,
to her.

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Eric Burke (blog) works as a computer programmer in Columbus, Ohio. Recent work can be found in elimae, Pank, A cappella Zoo, decomP and Bloody Bridge Review.

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  1. mary
    October 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    So many ways to look at this amazing poem. Religious, political, cultural. It will be one to mull over for a long time. Beautifully done.

  2. greg cleveland
    October 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Simply very well done

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