Guest Poet

Today I am proud to introduce one of my favorite young poets, Cassandra Cahill. Her work is deep, emotional and heartfelt. I will let her work speak for her. You can find her official bio after the poem. I hope to feature more of her work in the near future.

accident

you should all know better

than to ask me to clean up

the glass my sister broke

on the granite kitchen counter

a wet rag
a vacuum and
a trash can
and about a million horrible memories

they sing to me, you know
a sweet and sharp siren call
because they know and i know
i can use them

the soft
clink clink clink
as i pick them up and
put them in a paper bag
is purely music
the soundtrack of a tragedy

shiny surfaces and
deadly edges and each piece
is a work of art
a thing of untold beauty

the harsh
crunch crunch crunch
of each piece together
grating on apologetic senses
and wreaking havoc

god, how i want to
go back, oh god, how i
just want to go back

then it’s over
bag thrown away
every shard gone
away from reach
beyond sight
not out of mind
and it leaves a hollow emptiness

and you should all know better

than to ask me to clean up

the glass my sister broke

on the granite kitchen counter

Cassandra Cahill is a 19-year-old American working college student who has loved words ever since she was young. With her busy class schedule, she sometimes finds it difficult to find the time to sit and write, but feels that the buildup of emotions seems to make for more poignant poetry and fiction. She writes about difficult and uncomfortable topics that she has had to deal with first hand, including self-harm, suicide, and sexual abuse. She feels that poetry is one of the most effective ways to raise awareness about these issues, and to let those suffering know they aren’t alone.

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