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10 Line Tuesday poems every week with Maya Stein.
I just love Maya’s poems. They say so much with so little words. A great lesson in communication in our overly wordy world.

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Oxygen
By Guest Blogger Maya Stein

In her apartment, a 5th floor walkup on the edges of the Lower East Side, I could hear the whistle-hiss of the radiators. It was spring, technically, but the forecast admitted, with a twinge of defeat, more snow coming mid-week. She opened the door embarrassed, crying, her body spent from the long season and a weariness in her heart that she feared was permanent, a drought of the muscle necessary for survival in this dense, relentless city. We said, “But this is what it means to be alive.” How a certain retreat, structureless and shadowy, lets the oxygen back in. How roots grow better in the dark. And we sat, quiet, as heat flowered from the walls and the room filled with sounds of the busy street.

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