Rosie O’Donnell Wrote A Poem About Meeting Ivanka, Trump’s Debate Jab

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Comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell took her chance meeting with Ivanka Trump and turned it into poetry in a post on her blog Thursday night.

The poem, called “8 million to one,” touches on her sadness stemming from her feud with Donald Trump, as well as what she apparently discussed with Ivanka Trump when the two ran into each other Wednesday night in New York City.

“this is the first time i have been out/ out of bed really – to be honest/ since the debate/ i have been sleeping a lot/ depression clings to me,” O’Donnell’s poem reads.

Trump brought up O’Donnell in the first presidential debate, unprompted, saying that “everybody would agree she deserves” the insults he directed at her and “nobody feels sorry for her.”

She characterized her interaction with Ivanka Trump as a cathartic one, calling her “the most beautiful woman I have ever seen” and writing that the pair discussed O’Donnell’s “pain.”

“I told her of my children/ some truths about myself/ my pain and shame/ she was absurdly kind,” O’Donnell wrote.

Read the poem in full below:

i saw 4 cops – security i thought
well dressed
jovial – handsome – “yo rosie”
“wasssup men” my common reply

we walk toward one of the quiet booths
behind the stairway
i am tired
this is the first time i have been out

out of bed really – to be honest
since the debate
i have been sleeping a lot
depression clings to me

it’s hard to walk
to shower
to try
to care

i see a couple
sitting close together
in a small corner booth
directly across from me

i watch them
stunned by her face
and his calming charm
they were definitely a THEY

obvious for all to see
oblivious to all seeing them
love works like this
i thought

two
so connected
alone together
in a crowded corner

“that is the most beautiful woman i have ever seen”
i say aloud to dana
she turns to look – turns back at me
“that’s ivanka”

can’t be i said
no it can’t be
it is –
she reassures me

what r the chances i say to myself
as dana walked to the hostess station to ask
i stared at the young couple
as they ate – unaware

i was captivated by her beauty
it blinded me so
i didn’t realize it was even her
til dana walked back to the table –

nodding slowly
yes
she said
it was

dear god
i prayed
guide me
out of here

we stood to move to another table
but i knew i could not stay
my heart i worried
would break again

it did 4 years ago
i won’t survive another one
change ur life
is the prescription

i walked the 5 steps toward her table
introduced myself
she smiled genuinely
her husband was warm and gracious

i told her of my children
some truths about myself
my pain and shame
she was absurdly kind

“i just wanted u to know”
i said in a shaky quiet voice
i then made my way down the large wooden stairway
into my waiting car

the entire encounter
start to finish
was 4 minutes
max

i wrote a book once
about bashert
the concept of
meant to be

it has comforted me
on my darkest days
when my inner voices scream
u deserved it

as her father has
same as my own

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Kristin is the Front Page Editor based in New York City. She is a graduate of Ohio University and her byline has been featured in Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Twitter @kristinsalaky.
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