The End is Nigh

The end of the semester is nearly upon me, which is both good and bad.  It’s good because I’ll be done.  It’s bad because I still have an 8-10 page paper to write, it’s due tomorrow, and I can’t find the sources I need.  So, whilst I stress over this thing, I thought I would share some of the work I’ve been doing over the semester in poetry workshop.  Here is the first piece.


Naked is One Consideration Under the Orange Tree


She never wanted to let me be—

she constantly molded me

I let her


It was easier to drown in

the tidal wave of her



that washed away every distinction

not clinging desperately to coral skeletons

weary seaweed


Having Faith meant having faith that

I could ignite like citrus and cinnamon

a candle at Christmastime


I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures

Yellowed paper behind yellowed glass

My skin so much paler


from exposure to the sun

memories frozen like fish in a shallow pond

I saw the dangling hook


waited to feel its piercing

taste the penny coated



The wind blows, shaking the trees

oranges sway like tumorous



I take one down, rip the flesh with my teeth

leaving the peels behind



It was pointed out to me that the bulk of my work, whether fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry, deals with the structures of power–who has it, who doesn’t, and the conflicts that come from that.  I do focus a lot on interpersonal relationships, but it never occurred to me that it was the power dynamic that I was focusing on.  Hooray for workshops!  So, in this piece, the power dynamic is between two friends.  I’ll post another piece tomorrow.



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