Four Poems by Stepy Kamei | Micro-Poetry | #thesideshow

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Short-Circuiting to Spotless vol. 2

The thought slams into me meticulously:


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polyamory = jealousy?

does not compute, tell me

 something like congratulations 0r apologies s/ such

similarities >

I don’t want to tell y0u.

1 don’t want t0 want to tell y0u




Short-Circuiting to Spotless (recovered)


I just don’t need you.

The thought slams into me meticulously.

I just

And you:
You’re so much better than what you’re becoming.

I push you back; you
Pull your merry self right back.

You are
On mah merry wah

Ugh, no –
You are
Wachu up to
Wachu dewin right now?

You are
A thousand kewls couldn’t have been enough to contain yew.


Oh, look how you’ve bitten and nibbed into me. You wormed into my mind like Ohio.
I cannot contain yew
Yew –
Yew –

I don’t want to tell you.

I don’t want to want to tell you.




Been Another


I want you to be happy wit let me go. and givewomen. That’s fine, for you. Dothout me.

I genuinely hope by letting me go you can plunge into the life you want to live, wholeheartedly. I’m not part of it.left you alone

this past week meet you. One of those poems will be published in June. Don’t worry; I don’t reveal If you’re curious, go to in June.

Whether you like it or not, you’re immortal. now.

You don’t like

this letter. It’s so final.

unansweredquestio I want to


This is an erasure poem. Source: Personal letter.






Snapped up
40 openings, in addition to
Thousands of greetings.

The generosity in your eye –
Can it keep despair in your mind?

That same
Despair, inherent elsewhere,
Doesn’t           fit here.

Even if you bounce
Back to irrational

a few times –

Do keep in mind
Something suitable

(even apparently irrational)

can happen many times.

This is a found poem. Source: Literary magazine rejection letter.

About the Author

Stepy Kamei is a freelance writer, actress, and comedienne living in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from San Francisco State University, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Calamus Journal, Gyroscope Review, and Crab Fat Magazine.