Poetry by Hailey Faull

You Seemed Guarded

In vain they arrived to watch the city
at night – the city of arteries, of
pumping blood, of oxygen to deep flesh
chambers – to guard the Artery of Pain.
Wedging their metal boots, their heavy-gloved
hands – as far as laying thick black armored
bodies in the chasms, the passageways, to guard
that Artery from the throbbing violence
of Pain. And the stifled flow–slow stifling
stifles me – dries in clotted fists that flake
at each attempt of passing and break off,
build, to a damming layering cement.
Their guarding protection dams all other
arteries – dam damns Artery of Joy.

Drinking Iced Tea

Some honey-sun contained in mason jars
Keeps bright the golden, lively dance of sun
and sings so sweet the clink of crystal ice
On glass—the Hopefulness of summer days.
The cloudy shade of separation between
Close friends is in this peaceful moment far
away. Delicious sun means all the more:
We savor every sip and soak up light.
Our knees are toasting, golden hills that rise
And sit between long roads of salmon flesh
–our winter legs. Just like diadromous
Road signs, they signal changes, pink to gold.
They signal changes, brave and red as fish
Who struggle, die, to jump up waterfalls
From salt to fresh, without knees, joints, or legs.
Yet here we seem from bloody journeys far,
Though we confess our hearts do bitterly
Feel changes. Even as a melty butter-sun
Drips glitter from our knees to calves to thighs,
A sizzling, roasting pain of fire takes place
Perhaps one day our hearts will glitter too

I Am Alive

I am alive, my senses breathe
With each long look and shaded glance
I gasp as new emotions teethe
My heart is bursting—frenzied dance

With each long look and shaded glance
The disconnect is hard to bear
My heart is bursting—frenzied dance
As still I mourn each biting tear

The disconnect is hard to bear
Though broken shards plant seeds in earth
As still I mourn each biting tear
I cradle hope from painful birth

Though broken shards plant seeds in earth
I gasp as new emotions teethe
I cradle hope in painful birth
I am alive, my senses breathe


Hailey Faull is an aspiring writer, poet, and artist who has been savoring stories and words since age seven. Though currently located in Texas, her childhood in Honduras, time spent overseas, and international family are a constant source of inspiration for her writing and art. Some of her favorite things to do are things she’s only had the opportunity to do a few times, such as: snowboarding, rock climbing, hang gliding. She graduated from Covenant College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. She is currently working on a novel and a short novella.

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