Metamorphosis by Michele Witthaus

She’s letting herself go, 
unsettling her friends
with the bare-faced smile
she deploys 
these days.

She’s dropping the habits
that fenced her in for years,
ignoring her scales and
letting those killer heels 
gather dust.

She’s letting herself go
further than she’s ever dared,
right on out the door,
back to the self she’d left 
Michele comes to poetry from a journalistic background. Her first short collection, ‘From a Sheltered Place’, was published in August 2020 by Wild Pressed Books. She also has poems in a variety of anthologies and other publications. She is a member of Leicester Writers’ Club and is the 2020 winner of both the Club’s Ena Young Award for Poetry and the Chris D’Lacy Endeavour Award.


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