you are —            
            a sore in my mouth, born
            savage amid the delicate vowels i
            spin for mother; the last rotations
            of summer, all cracked lips and
            missteps into sidewalk puddles.
            my head tilted & searching for a
            requiem to the sky; the yellowing
            calluses carved in my fingertips,
            tender flesh hardened by sawing
            strings. i trace your name like i’m
            learning to write for the first time;
            like driving on the freeway
            with nowhere to go, broken brakes
            and needing to get away; this poem,
            a handful of loose threads with
            ends i cannot stitch together
— a song stuck on replay

This is a reprint of work originally published in After the Pause.

Emmy Song is a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland. Her poetry has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and published in Rising Phoenix Review and Sierra Nevada Review.

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1 Response to minimize

  1. emmysong says:

    Reblogged this on Emmy Song.

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