Illuminating – a poem by Kelly-Girl Johnston


The den is an inky
bluish black,
murky like
rain has
fountain jets,
soaking the place
with fluid darkness.

A small yellow bulb
pitches a triangle of
onto an empty
—an open book
to keep the reader’s place.

* * *

Kelly-Girl Johnston is an autistic writer, visual artist, nascent coder and educator based in The Bronx, NYC, where she teaches English and Art History at a visual arts-focused high school. Kelly’s work reflects her neurodivergent perception of time, sound, and social interaction, among other things. Forthcoming publications include the Blue Mountain Review. Much of her time is spent meditating, drawing, workshopping at Poets House and staring into space. Kelly speaks, reads, writes and listens in Arabic, Farsi, some Slovak, a bit of Spanish and her native English.

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