By Carina Stopenski
the lyric goes we fell in love in october and it has been so long since i have felt kismet and though i have yet to see your face in flesh sitting across from me in a space where we both share breath it is as if your fingers have already met mine clasped tight between cell tower transmissions as if i have already cradled your cheeks in my hands and pressed my lips to yours is this what it’s supposed to feel like like a mask finally dropped an unapologetic presentation of the self no longer creating the me that i think people would prefer i be because you seem to like the real one just fine you send me your songs i send you my poems and in this exchange of our tenderness we whisper our insecurities like a prayer that we both thought only we on our own could hear so i will press this pipe to my lips imagine drawing in the sweetness of you and let the song play on until i can hold you myself
Carina Stopenski (they/them) is a writer, teacher, and librarian based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Carina received their BFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, their MSLS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and their MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Their work has been featured in or is forthcoming from God’s Cruel Joke, iō Literary Journal, Cosmic Double, and Fauxmoir, among others. You can follow their work at www.carinastopenskiwriter.com.