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Imposter Syndrome

By Champagne E Girten


There is an imposter in my home

and yet, not quite

and no one will speak of it

but everyone knows,

the chill in the November air creeping into hearth and home and heart and head.


There is an imposter in my home

this is not my kin

and yet, in a certain slant of late afternoon winter sun

even I would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.


There is an imposter in my home,

sitting at our table just slightly out of place

not quite understanding our tales and jokes and customs

a beat too slow on the uptake

everyone notices, and no amount of heat from the Christmas stew can warm us.


There is an imposter in my home

her giddiness is forced

and yet, not laced with enough sadness to make her real,

to make her one of us,

And yet, whoever placed her here made her so carefully, so lovingly, and just for me

I never had such a gift in all my years

Is there warmth creeping into my heart in the depth of midwinter?


There is an imposter in my home

wrong, yes, but sweet in her own way

and she tries so hard to be what she is not

and yet no one else sees the effort, only the blank January spaces

where once our kin resided.


There is an imposter in my home

and yet, she is not unknown to me

my kin is beyond my grasp

But her imposter tugs at my skirt, my arms, my heart

There is an imposter in my home,

and yet, there is not.

I look this changeling in the eye

and accept her at my breast


My child is home.


Previously Featured Poetry

Imposter Syndrome by Champagne E Girten

Nagini by the shore by Kavitha Rath

Sisters conflicted over roles by Carolyn Martin

Gretel by Alicia Elkort

Ophidian Daughter by Sam Jowett

Keeper of The Web by Jennifer Lothrigel

Previously Featured Fiction

On Light and Dark by Mariel Tishma

"Am I My Brother's Keeper?" by Amanda Faye

Eve's choice by Rose Davis

Narcissus by George Paracka

The Jaguar's Paw by Jennifer Abeles

Modern Eurydice by Samantha Pilecki

Previously Featured Art

digital and ink abstract art

Night Fog Machine by Sari Krosinsky


HAUNTED by Julie Dapper