Nature’s Course

A Poem

Lindsey Kawela Kim
2 min readAug 23, 2023

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I wrote this poem in 2021; six years after my cheerleading injury, three spinal surgeries later. I wrote this to honor the 21 year-old girl who was devastated by her scars.

After my first surgery, I felt marred and mangled. I’d obsess over the “train track” scars developing along my incision caused by crude staples. I didn’t think I valued having an untouched or beautiful back (whatever that means)…

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Lindsey Kawela Kim

A mixed Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) with a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) for chronic pain. No Oʻahu mai au. Noho au ma Duwamish Land.