Size / / /

you may be starting to notice
certain traits about me:

the unnatural speed
of my heartbeat

the eerie gold of my eyes
opaque with mistrust

my love of tender shoots
and root vegetables

how I can’t seem to help
chewing pencils to shreds

the way I keep my distance
from dogs of all sizes and never

text you back on nights
when the full moon is out

there is no known cure so
I never wonder how long

we’ll be able to go on
all I think is how fast I will run

as soon as running’s required
you might say I won’t need to

but I’m easily startled
and bolting’s how I survive

Laura Theis’s exophonic work appears in Poetry, Asimov’s, Mslexia, Rattle, and elsewhere. Her Elgin Award-nominated debut, how to extricate yourself, an Oxford Poetry Library Book of the Month, won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize. Her follow-up, A Spotter’s Guide to Invisible Things, won the Live Canon Collection Prize and the Society of Authors’ Arthur Welton Award. Other accolades include the Alpine Fellowship, Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, AM Heath Prize, and Mogford Prize. For more information, see
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