Diagnosis: Tiny Poetitis. ~ Lisa Magnuson

Via elephant journal
on Dec 7, 2012
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There’s a tiny poet inside me

eating away, gnawing and chewing—

insistent, garrulous and outspoken;

he insists he’s older than dirt.

I tend to doubt him on this.

I assume he’s lying, mostly.

Anyhow, having a poet like this 

live in your gut can be difficult.

The symptoms mimic I.B.S. 

My new urologist had an idea: 

we’ll ramp up the testing. Irradiate. 

Intubate. Scan, probe and irrigate.

Tiny poet, however, resists 

analysis and becomes irate

 when scrutinized.

Flapping his funny boots about,

stomping his miniature feet 

and blotting his stupid feather 

pen on what feels like my

 sigmoid or perhaps the stump 

of my missing appendix.

He tends to become inflamed

when I ignore him. Okay, 

tiny poet, okay, I believe you.



Lisa Magnuson has been writing since 1990, but got a diagnosis of severe endometriosis in April 2010 and since then have delved into a personal health journey that has blown her mind. Food, lifestyle, work, sex, and social life, all changed. And while she has always written effortlessly, and somewhat lazily, just for the pleasure of it—she’s now possessed. She has a theme. She has a reason to write. She wakes up routinely at 3 am, with poems such as the one above, fully formed, and ready to type out.


Ed. Evan Livesay


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6 Responses to “Diagnosis: Tiny Poetitis. ~ Lisa Magnuson”

  1. Ashley says:

    So powerful. Love it.

  2. Heather says:

    incredibly moving. bravo!

  3. Angie says:

    I love this! Pokes, jabs and dancing… writing a story with an ending that may or may not be discovered…

  4. Jen says:

    *Love* Well done, Lisa.

  5. Erin says:

    I love this! It is so beautiful!

  6. Stephanie says:

    I hope to see more of this poet here; I am familiar with her work and think she is among the most powerful female voices writing today.