National Poetry Month: Poem 9

Note: A perfect example of rough draft. I just realized I misspelled “deliquesce” in the first draft, which meant a total rewrite of the first stanza of the poem. Nice.

Poem 9


By Michelle Garren Flye


Ten letters, means liquefy.

There’s that word.

The one I keep seeing.



A term from chemistry

But it sounds like more.

Like something sweet,

Almost romantic.


But it’s not romantic

When ice cream deliquesces,

Or steel, or even

A body.


Then it’s loss.

Destruction of property.