Selections From 11:37: “Tonight”

For my senior honors thesis at Penn, I wrote two poems a day for six months. It was called Selections from 11:37. Basically, every morning and every evening, at exactly 11:37, I stopped whatever I was doing and gave myself fifteen minutes to write a poem. (You can purchase my collection here or click preview to read more about the project.) Only about 70 poems made it into my final thesis, so I have literally hundreds of poems that have never seen the light of day. Here’s one of them.

Burnt Match flower

TONIGHT                                                                                         (Night 4/22/13)

i’m smoking a cig in the breath between
up too late and up too early

siphoning time into a jasmine jar
so the moments will smell sweeter

exhaling into the black-lit sky
and wondering where i’m headed

what is this place where moonlight leaks
like cinders in the street

where life glimmers like a falling match
unsure of its consequence

where city lights may be
dashed or kicked or caught in traffic

it’s nights like these
as the spring gives way to summer heat

when i hope the world loves me back

because i don’t want to handle how i feel
and every bridge is whispering my name.


P.S. Here’s another link to my poetry collection.

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