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It's Okay

It’s okay to leave the dishes in the sink,
to wash your hands with sanitizer instead of soap.
Your mother will joke
about how it doesn’t get your hands clean enough
but when was the last time you listened to her anyway.
It’s okay to cry today,
to use your sleeve instead of tissues.
It’s okay to take that thing that hurt you
and throw it out of the moving car,
just don’t go back to pick it up,
it’s not lost luggage,
it’s buried tumors.
It’s okay to hate God today,
to change his name to yours,
to grab the headstone with your mitten covered hands
and try to knock it over.
Throw the snow at it,
the roses have died.
It has been too long since the passing,
but I give you permission to hate God today.
It’s okay to break into the liquor cabinet
and medicate peacefully,
to drink too much sometimes
and not know where you’ve been
because you’ll eventually find yourself.
It’s okay to walk alone sometimes,
sort your thoughts,
to clear the air with air,
and dry the wounds with salt.
It’s okay to climb into bed early
and stare at the ceiling,
to just tell yourself that it’s okay.


Bold lines are taken from the poem Letter From My Heart to My Brain by Rachel McKibbens

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  1. Date: 8/24/2013 9:18:00 PM
    wow! great write! favorite part: "It’s okay to hate God today, to change his name to yours, to grab the headstone with your mitten covered hands and try to knock it over. Throw the snow at it, the roses have died."

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 8:09:00 PM
    Hi Katie, congrats... , a wonderful Homage to this poet... SKAT

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:07:00 PM
    Congrats Katie ....Seren

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 6:07:00 PM
    lovely enjoyed reading it congrats Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:23:00 AM
    Wow, I LOVE this one. I'm gonna fave it. Sometimes it is just OK!!!! Congrats for the deserved win.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:16:00 AM
    Congrad's on your win! Just some help see those little greater than and less than signs above the comma & the period on the keyboard If you put one before the B and after the b (b is for BOLD) like this pretend the comma is the carrot shape ,b.Light & Love ,/b. & your words will be bolded

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 10:36:00 AM
    Congratulations Katie, a well deserved win.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Fantastic. You are a brilliant wordsmith. Loved it

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 7:45:00 AM
    This is nothing short of amazing, another to my favorites. I love your work. If you go into your profile you can turn on your soup mail. I checked out your Slam videos, they were excellent! How did you do? Based on what I listened to it should have been pretty well.

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 11:53:00 PM
    Okay so the bolding didn't work. The lines by Rachel are "It's okay to hate God today, to change his name to yours."