if you and i were to make something of ourselves, you would
remember each milestone
the anniversary of the first word i ever mispronounced
the second time you closed a door (it was the only thing that ever
the apologies, every single one
and the letter i wrote you when i had nothing to say.
if you and i were to make something of ourselves, this chasm would
in the hollow of your cheekbones, wither you out from the inside
tear your teeth out one by one until you were left,
still grinning, eyebrows cocked, ready to fire
through a vacant mouth.
Lara is a college student at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Her work has appeared in Polyphony Lit and various on-campus publications. She can be found by the Charles River and at larajz.github.io.