New Year’s Resolutions

by Katherine Connolly

2015                                                                                                                                     2016

 

                                                        you give me a bird

 

and i see how the wing                                                                             and i see how blue
is bent and i tell you                                                                                        its feathers are
as much.                                                                                                                     and begin.

 

i don’t know how to fix this.”                                               i don’t know how to fix this.

 

but i don’t try to give                                                                       but i still arch its bones
it back to you.                                                                                          back into the places
i just hold it                                                                                                   that i’m guessing 
awhile.                                                                                                                     they belong. 

 

when it sings,                                                                                                when you ask me
i notice how blue                                                                                         how everything is 
everything is, but                                                                                            going, i tell you

 

it hurts just as much                                                                               “it doesn’t matter
as it is worth.                                                                                                                 it goes.”

 

 

Katherine Connolly is a current undergraduate student majoring in English and Music at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Her work has previously appeared in Persimmons and Hika. A native of Delaware County, Katherine was taught how to be still and be silent by the deer roaming through Valley Forge National Park.

Art by featured artist Sirena Hildebrand.

Monsters and Lace was created by Sirena the Mermaid and Chris the Troll. They live in Lancaster, PA, with their many plant children, such as Mary the Mint and Bert the Dracaena. On any given day, you might find them romping through the forest, toting reflectors, camera gear, smoke grenades, and who knows what other props. The aim, is to tell a story via pictures, whether it be a hard road a friend has travelled, or a light hearted children’s tale. To view the world through a lens is a beautiful thing! To capture someone’s soul within a photo is a hard task, but one they aim to master.