FNS: Bio-Me by Jennifer Patino

Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative, poem,
spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is from Jennifer Patino


When I was flat as the plains,
skin-thin, bones jutting,

Spinning spirals around
suspicious circles

Back when betrayal was a misstep-

a mistake-
a wheat field mound,

yellow with pollen
and cheap wine breath-

I was never more ashamed
of how ugly I felt I was

Until now
I am the soft hills

With jagged lightning
across my skin


“How many minutes can I
walk today?”

A doughy hand
across the lace

How pretty does a girl have
to be to lose all grace?

I can hide the face with
earth tone colors, paint myself exotic


I was a pixie,
Now I’m Mab

The older I get,
the darker I grow

Wild twigs flow out
of my scalp


I burned the prairies down
when I crossed them

All those years ago,
I was rushing

Always rushing
and now I’m the tundra,

an iceberg,
a stagnant obstacle

I keep myself too rooted
out of fear

When no one bats an eye
here or there

When I am anywhere
or nowhere

When I wear a permanent snow cap
I want to be a mountain-

Unmovable and rocky,
a turbulent terrain-

Rising up from humid jungles, crying,
“Is human nature Mother nature’s pain?”

Jennifer Patino is a 33 year-old Detroit native currently residing in Las Vegas with her husband. She has had a deep love for the written word since she was a very young girl. She can often be found, writing, editing, reading or watching old movies. “Bio-Me” was recently noted as a Poem of Merit in the Helen Stewart Poetry Award this year.

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