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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Amanda Faye Martin is a playwright, and occasional writer of poems, short stories, and satire. She is originally from the U.S., but resides in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is currently the Playwriting Fellow at the University of Otago.

Amanda Faye Martin

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Here is the weight of wanting

You ask me:
How do I forgive myself
For the myriad ways I have failed?

So I hold out a hand
And reveal a stone
And say:
Here is the weight of wanting

And in my other hand
I reveal emptiness
And say:
Here you must grow a balancing force
To know you are enough

And you nod, you say I am wise
But I am still waiting for self-love to appear
For practice is different
From knowledge