I pretend that I do not taste diesel and regret whenever I think of the distance between the moon and I the worms are crawling from the sidelines now they just want to see the rain and maybe one day they’ll figure out where it comes from at least they know the way back
a lightning strike hit my chest and handed me my own heart but it was altered by the skilled tailor of circumstance so the organ bore the name Pluto
I left when the adrenaline was sour and the night was empty the stars retired years ago that's what they would tell me that every time I asked sometimes Mars and Jupiter would fight with orange tinted storms and Neptune would write me saturated poems overflowing with enviable metaphors
I reached the end of this glowing constellation with the absence of gravity still in my hair remembering how the man made satellites taught me to paint when it got lonely out there which was a lot because I’d never heard such heavy silence when my boots finally reached the soil my heart lay exactly where I left it and I thought of how the planets could have been dented through the millions of years they had existed but never were I held the organ in my hands and it resembled a memory not yet formed so in the midst of a slowly wilting storm, I said: ‘Pluto is a lovely name.’
Natalie Nims is a teen author from Ontario. As an art lover as well as an artist, you can probably find her passionately ranting about her favorite pieces. Natalie also enjoys listening to 60's music at 3pm on a Saturday, watching hour long video essays, or struggling to decide on one author bio. Her work has been published or forthcoming in Musing Publications, healthline zine, and The Cloudscent Journal.