Forced Epiphany


My absence
Made your heart grow fonder
And that’s when I knew
I couldn’t hold out any longer.
I realized
I needed to recommit
And, to all of my muses,
I needed to submit.
I thank you
For opening my eyes.
I appreciate how you helped me
Shake off my demise.
Without you,
I wouldn’t be writing this now.
If it weren’t for you,
I would’ve already seen my way out.
Now I know
What my words really mean
And I’ll always make sure
They’re heard and seen.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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