by Hailey Schlenker

Art by Chelsea Criger

(Untitled I)

We are water

A machine

And I, a working piece,

Have been moved quite a ways


That’s how I know there’s waves


(Untitled II)

It never happened for a minute

Chains of remade memories

Collect the better half of me

To present me to reality

Sticking my sick and sorry face in it


Discomposure in a place of comfort

Skin at unease, stomach encumbered

Eyes far and unaware, remembered


Stare down the loud sun’s dawning notion

Stagnant as the lead impedes

Slow and steady, weight recedes

Finding parts of me I need

To set the sudden day in motion


I need to set the day in motion