Introspective Ramblings: “Elemental Flaws”


Allie McKean, Contributor

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




Elemental Flaws


I queue like the brume that lifts

when the morning ferries in 


revealing the grime and root

of an olive branch

bark so brittle 

— I reach for its hand


though I shook on 

something I don’t quite 

understand just yet 



I once feared that love was just a kite string 

but maybe its two

or just you 


there is nothing delicate 

about the way one feels for

the next 


or how one memory is set

beside the rest 


I beg

to dance 


in the air



Does it make any difference

to leave the water boiling 


Or to turn the stove off 

And let it simmer



bubbles drip

      down the edge of a metal pot


 they steam all the same 


I stay in the shower long enough

      to prune and fold the flats

of my skin 


I would be lying if I said 

 I didn’t like to ruminate 

        in it



I watched a candlelight bend

in rhythmic arrangement 

                  not a breath in the


                  to knock it to sleep


                 I try to emulate it

I struck a match against 

              the hem of my jeans;

                   the carpet; drywall

                                     the edge of my teeth 

—a flint in the making 

             It didn’t light


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