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THREE POEMS BY ALLY WHARTON

WHERE’S THIS ACCENT FROM BY ROPPOTUCHA GREENBERG
May 11, 2019
THE HIVES ARE “ALIVE” after 4 years!
May 18, 2019

while talking to the elephant statues in my psychiatrist’s office, i realize they are more human than i am

i am starting to wonder what would happen

if god blinked while creating someone.

 

what are the side effects of being unfixable?

 

 

introspection

i have been thinking of drinking jet fuel

so i can forget the way you make me feel.

i write to you with shaking hands

what is “i love you” in morse code?

 

i tell phoebe that i am afraid of birds

to forget my real fear is of being alive.

what is the distance between us and the sky,

and what is the space in between?

 

paint me a picture of everything i am not:

metallic, cold, fluorescent light, overdrive.

lie to me and tell me you understand the moral

of the warped history of the world.

 

i want to be chaos.

make me into anarchy’s poster girl,

and paint me a picture of a bird in flight,

its wings, pounding in motion.

what is “i love you” in morse code?

how close is it to “save me”?

 

 

 

spyglass hill

we revisit my childhood home

i start wondering how hard it would be

to steal a street sign.

 

because now,

the anti-christ lives under my bed

waking me up in the middle of the night,

 

manifesting in insomnia.  the walls

of my bedroom are bare in some places

because i cant look at the faces in my pictures anymore

 

which is sadder,

a full casket or an empty funeral home?

 

i can not answer for the parts of me that are no longer whole.

 

 


ally wharton is a freshman attending college in the eastern panhandle of west virginia as a creative writing major and appalachian studies minor. she is a three-year participant of the west virginia writers’ workshop, and has been selected to read at the appalachian heritage writer-in-residence master class the past four years. her work has appeared in cheap pop, maudlin house, and five2one.