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Winter, Dying – Poetry by Georgina Marie

I was on my way down the right path after a fork in the road, manzanita lined, wild autumn apples on the ground, dappled horses in the distance, no pain, when a deer faced my body. a look on her face as if to say, “not today human”, not a day to accidentally end a life, not a day to disturb the peace of the precious animal beings. I think to myself, when is the right time to die? After the rest of the loved ones have died? After you’ve found love and said the obligatory I love you and I hate you? When is the right time to say I’m no longer needed? When is the right time to say to the river, I am alright with not seeing you for one more day. 
Georgina Marie Guardado

Georgina Marie Guardado is the Poet Laureate of Lake County, CA for 2020-2024, the first Mexican-American and youngest to serve in this role, and a Poets Laureate Fellow with The Academy of American Poets. She is a contributing writer for Antioch University’s Common Thread News, President of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, and Literacy Program Coordinator for the Lake County Library. As of 2021, she serves as President of WordSwell, a literary journal and nonprofit organization founded by Bay Area Beat poet Clive Matson. As part of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual chapbook exchange, she created her first poetry chapbook, Finding the Roots of Water, in 2018 and her second chapbook, Tree Speak, in 2019. She has received support from the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Hugo House, and SF Writing Salon. Her work has appeared in The Bloom, Noyo Review, Poets.org, Humble Pie Magazine, Gulf Coast Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, The Muleskinner Journal, Colossus: Freedom, and Two Hawks Quarterly. She lives with her rescue dogs Kenya and Micco and her formerly feral cat Mistie, and is currently working on her full-length poetry manuscript, The Length of Trauma Covets.

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