Spring/Summer 2021 Issue

crayola

Emily Stimac

peeling paper, navy blue

worn-down point and faded hue

crackling wax and pigment stain

64 colors but the wrapping won’t stay

they made me in a factory

to color in the lines

but what happens if i lose the cap

and all my ink bleeds dry?

wooden arteries, painted heart

sharpen my senses so i don’t break apart

and when i grow dull, snap me in half

shaved wood hits the tile with a satisfying crack

who am i, if not a tool to be used? 

a watercolored face pieced together with glue

64 crayola crayons, but i think i was mistook

for someone who was bright enough to fit in a coloring book

“Sarah’s Bees”
Aidan Jones