Letter from Vacuum

in Poetry
By Karla Cordero

 

Your carpet is a landfill Everything tastes broken and bitter

There is no happy in your filth

VacuumI choke on the bones of pet hamsters you forgot to feed

Bruise my self-esteem on beer cap edges, gravel from last week’s rainfall, brown apple cores, crooked safety pins

The goldfish continues to cough up kitchen grease   

I drown in pencil shavings, abandoned promise ring, burnt popcorn crumbs, bloody band-aids, loose hair pulled by anger

The manual says I am not meant to swallow living room hurricanes

Tragedy is a mouth full of dry flower petals, a moth with a damaged wing, candle wax tears, eyelashes left homeless, chipped wall paint

There’s a gallon of lavender and brushes in the closet I know you keep ignoring

Your shadow left two days ago Your smile hitchhiked to a face that knows the touch of laughter

I am simply tired, tired of picking up memories soaked in cobweb ashes and I am sorry

I will no longer digest your ugly

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About Karla Cordero:

After spending 18 years of my life in a hot little border town called Calexico, California, I moved to San Marcos in search of opportunity. I studied at Cal State San Marcos, served as the event coordinator for the campus Creative Writing Community and Workshop, and graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Literature and Writing.

My poetry has been published in The Palm MagazineOh Cat, and in several chapbooks, and I have written for Depict Art Magazine. I have also organized social justice-themed readings, and I am currently writing toward an MFA in Creative Writing at San Diego State.

I perform as a spoken word poet throughout San Diego County, sharing humorous yet evocative metaphors for feminism, violence against women, and my experiences as an Hispanic woman.

Eve Ensler is my hero!

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Photo credit: Daniel Oines via a Creative Commons license.