Inherited Dysfunction – What did you unconsciously learn?

What have you accidentally inherited from others?

Lily Myers, performing “Shrinking Women” for Wesleyan University at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This poem was awarded Best Love Poem at the tournament.

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I never meant to replicate her, but spend enough time sitting across from someone and you pick up their habits.

Picking up all the habits my mother has unwitting dropped, like bits of crumpled paper from her pocket on her countless trips from bedroom to kitchen to bedroom again.

I asked five questions in genetics class today, and all of them started with the word “Sorry.”

A circular obsession, I never wanted, but inheritance is accidental.

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