Poetry: "Field Elm" & "the most interesting thing about me can't be my" by Kelly Mullins







Field Elm


you rose-breasted sapsucker in your distinctive crown & hockey stick what

is a field elm worth anyway? wood pulp & paper making underworlds this

melancholy ulmus minor, companion to warblers & red-bellied woodpeckers,

resistant to splitting at risk for twig blight likes an open field along a river &

interlocking grains, she’s low-maintenance but ornamentally appealling prone

to Dutch elm disease drought-tolerant & deciduous to the Northern hemisphere






The most interesting thing about me can’t be my


latitude

423-4 DEF

Dutch pastoral

blue skies &

yellow eyes

am I an HSP

or is it simply

a fallacy

sleeping sheep

& flying geese

parakeet creeked

a dragonfly

lead me

to your empty

shipping

containers

& misty

mosquito trees

I prayed petrified

to four glass orbs

on crabgrass

whistling

our path ways

are always

shelled

cuz this used to be

the sea

(& soon again

will be)

planes fly

ahead

in

slow

motion

now

can we make

the power lines

more pretty,

please

I hate electronic

music &

anything that’s an

obligation

but techno

really is no

time machine

like music’s

supposed to be

my perceptions

are just parallel

opinions

playing out so

please clarify

where your

edges

lie




Kelly Mullins is an American poet who lives in Amsterdam. She runs the weekly poetry newsletter, Poetry Trapper Keeper, with her friend Larissa Fantini. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Streetcake, SAND, Shock of the Femme, The Broadkill Review, Boston Accent Lit, Pine Hills Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Allegory Ridge Poetry Anthology, Hash Journal, Maudlin House and In Parentheses. You can find her hanging out on instagram @kellmullins