Introspective Ramblings: “Service Needed”


Editor’s Note: Introspective Ramblings is Amherst Wire’s poetry column, dedicated to showcasing student’s creative work.




Service Needed

cherish me

              sweet vanilla duvet

flood me with all the creamy memories

            that lean up against 

the folding in my brain 


                  color me in.

bathe me

                                  in concrete 

to make all the divisions of me


from one thousand and one 

                                of anything.


christen the silver ring

           swallow the lasting tang

of metallic mellows and

                      don’t you dare be gentle with me

peel me back using thin white blades 

                     and wet me until my skin

                            leathers thick

                                       and reveal that

                           I am the ruse to 

                   layers I don’t quite understand yet

                   and that I am the very way a protruding skyline 

claws at the sunrise    

                                       but all I desire

                    lies within 

                                     the serene breeze that

                           cradles my chest

                   and in my name

                          echoing down my arms

                   and into my clenched fist


                            come back again

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