Student journal editor-in-chief shows off poetry skills
The wind waves
over taxidermied trees;
Leaves and berries pop
and rays ultraviolet
their way through cracks in honeycomb branches.
The stream sidewinds
through the forest, blue and curving like a vein dancing on a forearm.
Miniscule waterfalls wash over rocks
baptizing and rinsing.
originate organically out of the footsteps.
Footprints form in the mud canvas.
Puddles form when rain falls,
mosquito, gnats, and
bugs found only under rocks,
gather to drink.
Communities coalesce in footprint pools.
The rogue ground
pops up and drops down
at its own whim.
Ankles are rolled
and twisted like a rattail towel.
Blades of grass
cut coolly and gently
around those who choose to sit or lie.
to anyone willing to rest.
This grass is never mowed,
but never seems to grow,
it is the most satisfactory size
for the enjoyment of those walking through it.
Logs lie, linking
like a chain wrapped around the woods.
The bark ripples and cracks,
showing its elderly age.
They’ve long fallen,
admirably serving a purpose in death.
Forever resting on the
There’s a soundtrack
to the way the forest sounds off.
Smooth instrumentals of crickets and birds
sail and echo
bouncing off the
Flatter lands sprawl beyond,
arranging like an agricultural Checkers board.
The sprawl does not
have the same soundtrack.
Crickets are gone and
the birds don’t acapella
their way through the fields and
the sweeping sixty miles per hour
in the distance
carriers over and across
and you’re not wearing
Careful what you grab
10,000 volts can kill you.
Shock your heart
hope to die
you say reaching for the
Come on and
grab this end
Illuminated, you’re a good idea
hanging over a cartoon’s head.
Grab the alternate end
we’ll play jump-rope
with faulty lines.
Nathan Pesina, a senior writing major from Fort Knox, Ky., is the editor-in-chief of eleven40seven, a student-run, undergraduate journal of the arts that strives to present a student perspective that differs drastically from mainstream campus culture while promoting TCU’s artistic and creative endeavors. The first selection in this spread is an excerpt from a piece of his personal prose called “Desolation Row.” To read past issues of eleven40seven, visit 1147.tcu.edu
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