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Dear Friend

Dear Friend

– Poem by Lyss Warmland –

Dear friend,
I know how it feels
To be
Overwhelmed by the darkness
And to hide
In the warmth of its claws
I know how it feels
To drag
Myself out into the world
And to wrap
My words in stutters
To buffer the sharpness of
My own insides
And I also know
How it can all be shifted in the moment where
We thread our fingers
Into the sound waves
Of one another’s voices.

Lyss Warmland
About the Author – Lyss Warmland

Lyss Warmland is an interdisciplinary artist and activist. Her work utilizes elements of radical vulnerability, restorative justice, witchcraft, mindfulness, performance, and direct action.

She is a writer, podcaster, producer, director, performer, and abstract visual artist. Lyss is a strong advocate for access to cannabis, sexual health and consent, and fumbling towards an ethic of care. Mostly, she’s interested in the way people choose to tell their stories and how that keeps them well.

Lyss is a 28 year old white, queer, disabled woman who lives with her partner and their wonderful angel of a dog in a Small Town on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga/Eastern Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) peoples.


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