“From the Inside” by Paulette A. Pashibin

Paulette A. Pashibin


we have no need to know if we are loved 
or that love exists. 
No worry whether sky is blue or gray
or even sky.
We float in a darkened drum
tethered to echoes
No need of need 
nor dream of self.

from Rattle #81, Fall 2023


Paulette A. Pashibin: “I fell in love with poetry sometime between reading Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’ and watching a televised Air Force recruitment ad that featured Magee’s ‘High Flight.’ I was young, bookish, and quite melancholy. I spent as much time at my grandmother’s as I could get away with and ‘High Flight’ always aired during the Fulton J. Sheen show, so it became the first poem I memorized. The internet makes it easy for me to read poetry every day, but I’m an undisciplined writer. Sometimes I toss words in my head for weeks before putting them to paper; other times they spill over the keyboard in a fever. Writing poems—no matter how they turn out—allows me still to ‘slip the surly bonds of earth and dance the skies.’ Like magic.”

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