Call This a Love Letter, Call It Our Story (A Poem)

"Call this a love letter, call it Our Story, unlike anyone else’s, but with threads and adornments from the Great Ones—the star-crossed fables, the fairy tales we craved and gobbled down as greedy little beasts in our parents’ arms." ~Jessica Mehta

Call this a love letter, call it
Our Story,
unlike anyone else’s, but with threads
and adornments from the Great
Ones—the star-crossed fables, the fairy tales
we craved and gobbled down as greedy
little beasts in our parents’ arms. Call this
What shouldn’t have been, all hurdles
and bounds through flaming hoops,
seasoned with heartbreaks and flavored
with blindfolded leaps. There are all kinds
of names for what we’ve done, for who
we are and where we’ve been.
Call it a freak accident, a liquored up
lurch into just the right nook
of just the right place. This
is called finding the great stuff
and having the thick tenacity
to hold on knuckle white
through all the blinding explosions.

Jessica Mehta

Jessica Mehta

Jessica Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of the forthcoming novel The Wrong Kind of Indian by Wyatt-MacKenzie Press, the poetry collection You Look Something by The Operating System Press, and the poetry collection Orygun by Tayen Lane Publishing. She has previously authored two more books of poetry including the Pulitzer Prize nominated The Last Exotic Petting Zoo and What Makes an Always by Tayen Lane Publishing, as well as the business book 100 Ways to Make $100k with Your English Degree by Moonshine Cove Press. Jessica is the owner of MehtaFor, an award-winning writing services business, and founder of Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement.

2 Responses

  1. This was so pertinent to me today, Jessica…

    “This
    is called finding the great stuff
    and having the thick tenacity
    to hold on knuckle white
    through all the blinding explosions.”

    Thank you.

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