The shaking of the hands
the shaking of the arms
the shaking of the body
do not feel like mine anymore.
Who am I? “This is me.” To repeat that phrase
aloud while touching my heart was what they
advised me to do in hopes for me to feel
grounded once again. No—I am touching my
red shirt that covers my chest that covers the
heart space. There’s a space for my heart, but
this space stretches for too long, empty. I try to
believe it that yes—then I recalled a recent
heart to heart when my friend unprompted,
declared: “I love you.”
Sophia Falco is a faithful poet since she finds poetry essential to her understanding of the universe. She is the author of Farewell Clay Dove (UnCollected Press, 2021). In addition, she is the author of her award-winning chapbook: The Immortal Sunflower (UnCollected Press, 2019), the winner of the Mirabai Prize for Poetry, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Furthermore, Falco graduated magna cum laude along with the highest honors in the Literature Department at The University of California, Santa Cruz. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in intensive literature with a creative writing concentration in poetry. She loves to take long walks on the beach to be in the presence of the water, and to witness the ocean’s vastness, blueness, and beauty.