CORRIDORS

  A students' magazine for mental health advocacy

[LANDSCAPE WITH BLUR OF HYPERACTIVITy]

BRAD TRUMPFHELLER

 

Light moves across this open field

with the speed of a fallen blackbird –

 

First, the rustle of feathers in my godfather’s hands.

Pay attention. Stop looking over there.

 

Then, the thistledown overrun by the four wheeler

which, when ridden bareback & saddleless, mudcakes

 

& burns the hairs off your shinbone.

 

Boy, I’m trying to teach you a life lesson here.                                 In the distance, where lakewater

 

            meets the trees’ knuckle drug roots,                     the sky twitches      

                      with egrets.

Focus.                                                          The blackbird flutters in a dirt-aged fist.

 

Focus.                             My mother’s laugh echoes     from the houseless porch.

 

                   Switchgrass sings the song of late afternoon.

Focus.

 

Focus.

 

My ears still ringing from the rifleshot –

my hands still shaking from the kickback –

my eyes still squeezed shut –

my mouth still whispering :


        don’t think about it & it will all unexist.  

 

ABOUT BRAD TRUMPFHELLER

Brad Trumpfheller is an undergraduate student at Emerson College. Their work has appeared in Lambda Literary, Winter Tangerine, Nashville Review, and elsewhere.