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4 poems by Lauren Saxon

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UNTITLED

 

So on the next shooting star

 

Ill wish for whatever’s best for me

 

& hope it brings me you

 

 

UNTITLED

 

& with my own two hands 

I pick up the first aid kit

 

wash the wound​​ /spread the medicine /slowly/

​​ over the scars I made myself & with 

my own two hands

 

I place the gauze over my skin 

In the same way that/ people 

lay flowers on the ground

 

This is my first time —

being gentle with myself

playing nurse instead of

being / the fire itself 

 

& with my own two hands

& with my own deep breaths

 

on my own time 

 

we heal

 

 

 

Bones

 

I've been stripped of my skin
You took​​ 
The words I've buried​​ 
Out of my stomach​​ 

My body​​ 
Excavated
For your observation

Your gossip​​ 
Fueled by theft​​ 

Here

Take my bones too​​ 
Use them​​ 
As crutches​​ 
For your social status​​ 

Take them

Now there's nothing left​​ 
For me to own

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall​​ 

 

I hate that I watched your season change 


Let you stay warm with alcohol

When the cold front moved in​​ 


Saw long, straight lines​​ 

Etched in your bark


Ignored your leaves

As they turned blood-red​​ 

And caution tape yellow​​ 


I saw your leaves​​ 

Dangling​​ 

Like feet above concrete


But by then 

The wind had already left your branches​​ 
Bare​​ 


 

 

 

Lauren Saxon is a 22 year old poet and mechanical engineer from Cincinnati Ohio. She attends Vanderbilt University, and relies on poetry when elections, church shootings, and police brutality leaves her speechless. Lauren’s work is featured or forthcoming in Flypaper Magazine, Rhythm & Bones Lit, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal and more. She is on poetry staff at Gigantic Sequins, and spends way too much time on twitter (@Lsax_235).