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SHJ Issue 10
Fall 2014

Life, Unexpected

by Anna DiMartino

Blame December
        and birthdays.
                Blame New Year’s Eve.

Blame timing
        and lost hope.
                Blame the number 25.

Blame loneliness and sleepless nights.
        Blame the internet,
                and online dating sites.

Blame the artist 
        and his lies.
                Blame myself.

Blame high school reunions.
        Blame that bimbo from Texas
                in her cheerleader outfit. 

Blame the neighbor’s grass,
        always greener.
                Blame hunger and desire.



SHJ Issue 10
Fall 2014

Anna DiMartino

is a writer, artist, educator, and mother of two. She holds a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Pacific University in Oregon. Anna also works as the Director of a small non-profit preschool in Mission Hills. Her writing has appeared in The Cancer Poetry Project 2; A Year in Ink, Volume 6 (San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology); and Serving House Journal.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury