"A Picnic Table Pedestal" By Sequoya Fitzpatrick

He had a smirk like venom
Made my blood thicken in the stream of my veins and
Stopped the minute hand of my pulse.
I let the spit of his rage rust the screws in my kneecaps until I
Fell to the ground before him.
I was a broken toy.
I was a wall-less house.
I dragged my own feet around until
I nailed my knees straight.


SEQUOYA FITZPATRICK is a writer from New York:

"My name is Sequoya Fitzpatrick and I am currently a student at the State University of New York at Oswego. I am a double major in psychology and cognitive science. Despite my passion for the art of science, the metaphysics and literary world has always been held a special valve in my heart. I always knew poetry was my beloved form of literary work. A poem exists in everything and a poet is someone who can pull them out of the physical cages. So that is my plan; to walk around life, pulling poems out of things."

On Her Writing: 

"I've always been one to write things cryptically, so what this work is to me, may not be what it is to you. And that is what I hope for. When we pull meaning from abstraction, we tend to pull things we need or want to see, and that is how we understand those spaces in our heads we seldom pay attention to. As far as what has inspired me to write these pieces, it's from my position as a learning observer, and the exhausted feelings that come with that position, and the desire to grow out of it."

On Female Creators: 

"Words have superpowers. They can write history as we know it, string together revolutions, and write letters that wash hearts over with a milky warmth. But just like all powerful things, words are not always used for good. Words can become evil when held in the mouths of villains. They can form as weapons and tools for oppression. They can chip us away to the bone like sticks and stones. This power and strength is what make words my favorite thing. I have been punched by them and whittled into nothing, and now I use them as therapy and as a microphone to keep my voice loud. I feel it is important for others to know that words don't have to only hurt. They can heal and empower too."