I Will Never Change into You, Anne Shirley
by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

“If I wasn't a human girl I think I'd like to be a bee and live among the flowers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Hello Anne with an e. You’ve been my bane
Since before I knew what a bane was. You
Are who my culture adores, which explains
Why it was never happy with me. Too
Much of me in me and not a drop of
You.  With your smile, your red hair, your friends
No—wait, your bosom friends. Society shoved
Your stupid clichédness at me both ends
Against the middle; didn’t I want to teach?
Didn’t I want kindred spirits? And perhaps
A man like Gilbert? Why couldn’t I reach
A graceful hand (even with some mishaps)
Out toward others and guide them like you, Anne
With an e, did? I’ll always be less than...

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s writing has appeared in many places, including The Lyric, Mezzo Cammin, Verse Wisconsin, and The Raintown Review. As well as garnering other awards, she has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her fourth and most recent book is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press).

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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