Issue Six

Winter 2013

 

Wishful

 

The truck in the poem is blue.
The girl in the poem is young.
The truck’s door opens an invitation
to get in the truck.
The girl is 16 and thinks
she knows what she’s doing.
When I go to set the poem right
the girl in the truck starts
beating on the door.
When I go to set the poem right
the truck speeds past
what the girl can handle.
Once I might have been
the girl in the truck.
Or the truck might not
have been in the poem.
The girl might have
kept walking and I might not hear today
on the radio that a 16 year old girl is missing.
The girl in the truck is blue.
The girl in the truck
is missing. In the truck
another human is holding her down.
He’s trying to stay in the poem
but if I speed this poem away,
if I use it to save the girl,
if I could use it this way I
could say the girl in the poem is young.
She walks quickly past the truck.
She’s mad at her mom but she still doesn’t
get into the truck. She’s forgotten her phone
so she keeps walking fast.
The girl is not in the truck.
The truck careens out of this poem.
The girl on the street is alive.

 

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Julia Lisella

 

 

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