Channeling e.e. cummings, I Forget How to Hate Her

change is a How(i
wondering cannot smell
your she any longer on
my fingertips)
& sounds like a carnival
taken down,

smokes an awful You(
cobblestones miss our
together feet)
& reads the shortest

is Because-married
(yet childless a Why)

Chelsea Eckert is a creative writing undergraduate in her senior year at San Jose State University. Her poem "Nostalgia" previously won a James Phelan Literary Award, and her work is forthcoming in Vending Machine Press. If she could be anything in the world right now, she'd be a lion.