The sky is starting to bloom, or maybe it's me
nature never attempts silence
I let the lilac petals unfold, miniature inside my palm
notice a small set of green eyes
there are four hummingbirds hovering below her chin
the smallest drills his slender beak into her chest
sucks the nectar to his warm belly
and flies off into the park
her hands fumble for a grip on the wooden bench
splintering and weather torn
she mouths the words "help me"
I slip my index finger into the hole
below my throat,
turn to tell her "these lilacs are the only words I know"
but she has already wilted.
Molly Kat graduated with high honors from Binghamton University with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has attended SUNY Purchase, WCC, and Cambridge University in England. She has had work published in Ragazine, ETC, Omega Magazine under Howling Dog Press alongside Charles Bukowski, several college journals and newspapers, and has two chapbooks published, the latter under Black Swan Press. She was on the Binghamton University Slam team (which she created upon transferring in 2008) for the past two years. In 2007 she made the Bowery Poetry Club's Intercollegiate Slam Team, was president of the Urban Poets society and ran Westchester Community College's Slam Team. Molly recently competed in the Women of the World Poetry slam in Columbus, Ohio as a storm poet. Also very recently, she became a slam master of the venue she started in Binghamton at a local bar called the Belmar, which is now PSI certified. She also started, publishes, produces, and edits a chapbooks series called Linus that has published poets from around the globe. Molly has shared the stage with Ainsely Burrows, John Survivor Blake, Caits Meissner, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Shanelle Gabriel, Tantra Zawadi, Bonafide Rojas, Erik Words Maldonado, Tara Hardy, Tristan Silverman, and many other talented poets.