Pantoum for Outgrowing Tics
Isabel, Age 16, Brookline, MA
                      I had a problem,
I thought you’d understand.
Why I had to repeat myself repeat myself repeat myself,
It wasn’t because you didn’t listen the first time.

I thought you’d understand.
But five years ago I memorized the sound of your laughter.
It wasn’t because you didn’t listen the first time,
Too many moments I told you, this is who I am.

But just yesterday I memorized the sound of my own laughter,
I feel free to repeat it whenever your memory drifts too close.
I am who I am,
Maybe you were my problem.
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