Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

Bright Eyes

Custom User Avatar
More by this author

Bright eyes.
messy hair in the morning
and clumps that fall out in the shower
when the cleaning lady comes.

Pale skin.
metaphors extended a little too far left
and not high enough right.
words that jump recklessly off
the tip of a thick flesh tongue.
syllables that gurgle in the cauldron
in the back of the throat
and makes noises a little too shaky.

Knobby elbows.
words spoken in my ear at age ten
a little too sharp to wrap my arm
around someone’s neck
no wonder I bruise so easily.

Train tracks.
every other limb mistaken
for a railroad, the kind
the damsel is always tied to
the kind that pounds
rhythmic sentence structure
and uses slant rhyme
for a warning.

Atomic bomb.
inside my chest, didn’t
they ever tell you not to trust
a girl with a time stamp
or a sell-by date
with an unreadable anticipation
and expectation
to explode.
a girl
with bright eyes.
 




Post a Comment

Be the first to comment on this article!

Site Feedback