THREE POEMS by NADIA PATTERSON

THE CLOCK ON THE WALL IS GIVING ME EYES


I look at time like the clock is aaaaaalways running

I look at time like it wants to

sleep with me (gasp!)

I look at the clock to make sense of things

I look at time because it tells

me what to do


it bosses me around

and I like it.


…..wanna fuck?

 

FASHION DON'T


I’m a fashion DON’T!!!

a fashion doo-doo

a BIG BROWN stain on the red carpet


but I get kicked out!


all the rich people

lavish in their Dior


are worried I stole their look

 

I’M WAITINGGGGG


i lick the back of a stamp slick and wet , plaster it to my forehead

and send myself off in the post


land on your doorstep like you ordered me

on amazon prime and oh my god


i am prime


thinking : wow

i must have made your dreams come true

i must be the whole package


i’m waitinggggg


they tucked me behind the pot plant by your doorstep

on the porch step

where i make friends with a spider

who waits for you to come home, like i do


waitwaitWAIT

no seriously, wait!!!


wait


i have something to tell you

i just have to say --

i can’t wait forever


i can’t wait

i have to go

i have so many places to go


i won’t.


….wait, !

 

Nadia Patterson is a poet, visual artist, and musician living on unceded Kaurna Land, Adelaide, Australia. Nadia’s poetry often comes from a deep longing to understand the self, exploring themes within childhood and adolescence, being an identical twin, love, longing, and barely coping. Some of this work has previously appeared in Porridge Magazine, Tunnel Vision, and was a winner of the 2020 Mindshare Awards, with forthcoming work set to appear in Kissing Dynamite. You can find more of their poetry and art on Instagram: @fastwords223.