I woke up as a crystal vase
sliding from the roof of the car—
exploding on the pavement, screaming like bells.
So, you labeling my eyes as delicate,
what do you think about as my nose kisses concrete?
What about upturned bedskirts and soldered joints,
creases and newly driven nails?
What if we keep saying the words,
and they become the moon?
What if they burn blue
like the pot-holes in your mind?
Emily Hunerwadel is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is southern-bred and yet somehow doesn't have an accent or an affinity to hot, humid weather. She has a Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering and is probably somewhere fixing some electronic device. She was a finalist for Columbia Journal’s 2016 Winter Contest judged Mary Ruefle. Her chapbook manuscript, Professional Crybaby, was a finalist for Split Lip Press’s Turnbuckle Chapbook Prize. Her work has been published in the Vassar Review, Elke: A Little Journal, The Sun Star Review, and Bizarro Pulp Press.