Unmet Dreams

A Poem

Lindsey Kawela Kim

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I wrote this poem in 2022. This is a meditation on loss and change.

Chronic pain changed my life. Before my injury, I was ambitious and had many goals and dreams. I was fired up and ready to grind my way to partner at a Big Four firm. I admired my childhood gymnastics coach who could do elegant, powerful tumbling passes well into her forties. I always thought if I stayed in shape and kept my skills up…

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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.