A+D+H+D = by Sarah McMahon I will cover the Earth in three feet of gumballs. It’s illegal to chew gum in Singapore, or keep alligators in bathtubs in Arkansas. I will make windows of gelatin and buildings of homemade bread. There was a rat in the sourdough today – the better to turn into toast. Bread crumbs in toasters burn like my sensei – scent rose-bud-tea-leaves, or cheap sanitizer. I wish tea made me sleepy. Sleepy-Time tea features a teddy bear rocking a chair, I need a rocking chair for twitching lower extremities. Motion calms my body like honey-cough drops quiet frog-coughs that turn the esophagus outward. I wish commemorative beer glasses wouldn’t leave Olympic medal water rings on black coffee tables, I wish A+d+d+e+r+a+l+l wasn’t spelled: [2 d’s + 2 l’s] sometimes it’s just too hard to swallow.
Sarah McMahon is a Senior English Creative Writing major at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. In addition to writing poetry, she also runs track and cross country. Upon graduation she plan on pursuing a Master’s in English. She has been published in Bradley’s literary journal Broadside, won multiple campus-wide writing awards, and has work forthcoming in the Summer 2015 edition of If and Only If.