A Poetry Showcase by Kiley Lee

blue and yellow abstract painting

photo by Jr Korpa (unsplash)

Healing Sills

I twitch with dripping sinks
and pace with every sweep
Please, I can barely breathe
between the standing sheets
of clothespin daydreams
and undercover shrinks
constantly pleading
begging me—
“stay”

Or maybe every spun thread
stretches softness to tattered
edge and opens eyes and
ears and mouths to command
a whole new leveling

From there, what happens to
every second determines how
much consuming you will
make me


Of Course

It begins with a shift // Clicking turns to breaking / turns
to wearing the same path / like new // but remembering
too many forks is jarring / for half a following // The sun
lifts a spoon / pooled with promises to the passerby /
and bids a welcome sign / “It’s real. Trust us.” // What
sky vees in two? // But what about the ones who can’t
fly? // Conditions didn’t say / but soiled hands do //
“Brake after six splits. Call it a day. Tomorrow. And then
again.” // One day presents old wrapping / sliced and
remade / plated for consumption / dying for a second
taste // Resting just below the fence / is the finish line //


Does She Ask Who I Am?
originally published in Rhythm & Bones Lit Issue 6: Love

I know my place
Keep me centered
and I’ll make this
ledge a home
Okay?
I don’t need half
Just a taste

You will belong
in everything I know
Painted with care
Flat and
unassuming
Always colorful

You see yourself
I see you
She sees you

What color are my cheeks?
Her curls?
Your heart?


Bio: Kiley Lee is a Pushcart nominated poet and artist, with work in multiple publications and exhibitions across the United States. She’s from Almost Heaven, West Virginia, and loves staring at the clouds. She tweets @kileylee_. Find more of her work here: https://linktr.ee/kileylee

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