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Self-Elegy: After a Very Involved Series of Poisonous Chocolate Boxes and Plastic Flowers Doused in Chloroform, Here Lies Ella Corder Who?

Illustration by Ella Corder

After a Very Involved Series of Poisonous Chocolate Boxes and Plastic Flowers Doused in Chloroform, Here Lies Ella Corder Who?

Cried on Valentine’s Day

Watched the sun glint over cars

like a silver sea

until the library kicked her out around 1700h

She went home to cradle herself

in a book or a stripe or a song

But her lungs began to howl and shrink

water balloons filled with molasses

Tighter and tighter they sclerosed

until she finally collapsed

there on the grimy linoleum

She stared at the ceiling, wide-eyed

thinking of how at track when she was ten

she was the slowest of them all

parroting after her mother to the others

“Exercise-induced asthma”

Never enough air. Never enough sun

Only the wind and the circling hawks

Only the crying on Valentine’s Day

Only the silence after the sudden strum of a guitar

By Ella

I am an undergraduate junior studying creative writing. I am interested in short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and professional writing.

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