Treasure Island

Katelyn Hinman

(April 15,1990 / New Jersey)

Happy Birthday


but i saw you today
without the delightful pleasure
of hasty introductions
of trivial formalities
self-righteous hello-nice-to-meets-yous

stretched out upon a bed of soiled sheets
i am a truck-flattened gumby action figure
in a too-big bra and too-tight panties
as the ceiling fan circles soundlessly

you were white in an innocent orbital abyss
another world between my jutting hipbones

stretched out upon a bed of sterile sheets
i am a barren beast: adolf’s great-great-niece
in a tight orange sweatshirt and a stiff paper gown
as the window unit whirs wildly

you were deep crimson truth in unfeeling hands
another world between life and death

Submitted: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Edited: Thursday, February 21, 2008
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  • Jeremy Rodriguez (5/8/2008 3:00:00 PM)

    It took us forever to figure out what this poem was about in Lit Mag!

    This was one of my favorites though. I gave it a pretty high score when I graded it. Keep up the great work :) (Report) Reply

  • Frank Bana (3/3/2008 7:48:00 AM)

    'innocent orbital abyss'...

    Superb, Superb! ! !

    I hope you will write for the next 90 years... this is brilliant.

    I'm very serious!

    Frank (Report) Reply

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