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Travis Laurence  Naught

Cheney, Washington

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. He has lived in Washington State for the entirety of his 36 years; born and raised in Goldendale, he moved to Cheney to attend Eastern Washington University, where he has continued to reside since completing graduate-level coursework in sports psychology. The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013) are full-length volumes of his poetry. Joyride (Black Rose Writing, 2015) is his fiction novel, set primarily in the New Mexico desert and California wine country. Drinking coffee, taking road trips, watching sports, and hanging out with good friends help fuel Travis's zest for life!

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On Twitter: @NaughtaPoet

On Instagram: @travislaurencenaught

Website: naughtapoet.blogspot.com

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How Our Bodies Lie to Us
Travis Laurence Naught

My anxieties have registered
days our ship's captain could not have
measured on his scale. The 8 we rode out
was "just about enough" to turn him around.


Halibut season opened for only four days.
People paid good money in advance to go.
It meant dealing with nature's circumstances.
Things had been different for me in Alaska.


Boat, fish, catch, and sunshine, return to dock,
eat, drink, be merry, make more memories
between. Juneau experiences seduced me
into believing Depoe Bay might be so great.


Waking up my parents because I needed taken
to the hospital, heart bursting. Their words
of comfort diagnosed a different kind of attack.
I was several rungs lower on danger's ladder


than while on a boat in 30 knot winds,
in the belly of overtaking swells
looking eye to eye with a porpoise,
it's black and white skin mimicking an orca.