We believe
if we say a thing
we risk it becoming true

like when we say
“I haven’t gotten sick yet –
knock on wood.”

We do the same with
I love you

Deirdre Fagan is a widow, wife, and mother of two who has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in Connotation Press, Eunoia Review, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Poetry Breakfast, among others. She is also the author to Critical Companion to Robert Frost and has published a number of critical essays. Fagan teaches literature and writing at Ferris State University, where she is also the Coordinator of Creative Writing. Meet her at

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