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.
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 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
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
no seriously, 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
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.