The Body Poem
By Briel Felton
This body is a ransom note.
This belly fat is paralyzed.
This body used to salsa.
This body is brittle bone and shape wear.
I tried to fold it into a note too shameful to read.
I tried to swallow myself like a pill indigestible.
A boy once said I look like I taste like
thanksgiving. I didn’t touch the leftovers.
Would they be happy then?
If I packed away this body so it fits
in between teeth and tongue.
My fingers found their way to my throat.
Like where they are is not good enough.
I poured this body over cliffs.
It jumped off buildings.
I peeled the skin with diligent fingers.
I broke each reflection.
My name is Briel Felton, and I am a senior at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. My major is English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. I have been published in a couple of literary magazines, including Laurel Moon and Firewords, and have been honorably mentioned by the 2018 judge Chen Chen for the Academy of Poets for their poetry contest at the undergraduate level in Virginia. My plan after graduating in 2019 is to go on and get my MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. My influences include Olivia Gatwood, Charles Bukowski, Sarah Kay, Allie Brosh, and many others. I attempt to write with a genuine rawness, a smidge of humor wedged in, and a focus on the little details that make themselves apparent to me in my daily life.