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Marci Klayder Gibbens is a high school English teacher who writes poetry about chronic pain. Writing poetry is a cathartic outlet for her, and she hopes to give voice to other sufferers of chronic pain. She has a B.S. in Secondary English Education degree from Taylor University, an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, an MLS in School Library Media from Emporia State University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry through Lindenwood University. She lives in Olathe, Kansas with her husband and three daughters.

Symbiosis by Marci Klayder Gibbens


Outside my mind, his breath is shallow;
I see him gasping for air,
his emaciated chest rising and falling.
Some days—no, many— I let him in.
I feed him, clothe him, let him soak in the bath.
I would not want him to suffer.
And yes, some days—no, many—
I let him spend the night.
You might think this would satisfy him,
rekindle his desire for independence,
and sometimes, it does.
Then, I am satisfied, my good deed committed.
I have saved a life.

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