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Created this account at 4:00 am one night. I hate to perform but take comfort in writing and music.


My mom took me to the second-hand store, Where I roamed the isles Unsatisfied by the lack of conformity. The clothes did not resemble the brands I was taught to marvel. On the first day of class my first year of high school My classmate told me that Jewish people are Cheap. Stingy. Selfish. But my Jewish family was not religious. I decided that I was not Jewish enough to care. You taught me pride. I wear my chai not just for luck, but because I am Jewish. I am unwilling to conform. I am not a slave to the labels that brand my peers. You gave me confidence: I will take risks, And even when I fail I feel safe knowing you are there. But I am here, too. I am here for your struggles, For your lessons learned. I hope you embrace what makes you vulnerable And take pride in your identity. I hope that you see strength in me when you feel powerless. I hope you find power in who you are as you are so very Strong.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 31st Dec 2018 21:58

Hannah, I'll try to catch up with more of your work this 2019. You have 'style' in writing too, which is impossible without sincerity. And ideas worth sharing.

Anya's advice is excellent.

That is an interesting photo on this bio page, obviously not a selfie. Full of 'message' it is, open to individual interpretation. Presuming it is you, of course, bold and bare breasted. Correct me if I'm wrong. And I do mean 'bold' in a most complimentary way.

4:00 A.M. can be a magical hour for new ideas to surface. And be put into action. Poets must have a source of personal 'magic', call it whatever you will.

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Mon 19th Nov 2018 16:04

I love this line from your sample

I decided that I was not Jewish enough to care.

I also like how you moved from style at the second-hand store to style in Jewish clothing. Well done!

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