The Boiler

Mikko Harvey

SWIVEL

When I want to be sweet and light like a blackberry

floating in a bowl of water, instead I am heavy

and awkward. When I want to be strong like a real

sword, I just sit here like a blackberry in a bowl

of yogurt. Once, I saw a suit of new skin floating

in front of me. It was perfect. It was just my size.

Sometimes, I spend the whole morning searching

for the morning. It was perfect. All I had to do

was step inside.

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Mikko Harvey lives in Columbus, Ohio. You can find his work in places such as The Pinch, New Ohio Review, Maisonneuve, and Best New Poets. He is a poetry editor for The Journal.