HAMPTON STREET, 5:21 PM (SELF-PORTRAIT AS SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT) by LAUREN ELMA FRAMENT

i built a glass box
with a tornado inside.

at thirteen years old,
i knew this was more honest

than the mirror’s possession,
& here i am, nine years later—

a windstorm of a girl inside glass,
nothing but dark & hail in my eyes

& from my mouth, a conduit of clouds
opening toward the sky.

—–

lauren elma frament is a writer and restless soul living in Manchester, NH. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fem, Alien Mouth, Pear Drop, The Legendary, Wyvern Lit, and Bone Bouquet, among others. she likes cross-stitching and standing in the front at punk shows.

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