I Want to Create Something Else

By Madison Whatley

My sixth-grade teacher, Ms. Beeber,

once told my class, Wait

 

until you fall in love

 for the first time—

 

you will write so much poetry.

 

I hate that she was right

because I can’t write anything

 

that isn’t about your arms.

I can’t be with anyone

 

who doesn’t look

like my recurring dream.

 

If I could time travel,

I wouldn’t want to see you,

 

knowing how you’ll unravel,

but I would go back and tell

 

Ms. Beeber to shove it.

I’m too far gone now.

 

I can’t look away

from the destruction

 

long enough to unpack

the suitcase waiting

 

on my ex’s floor

and then repack it,

 

still unsure of where

I am going.

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