national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2011

Red Sky

Samantha Frank  • 
Carnegie Mellon

after C.D. Wright’s “Floating Lady Retablo”


When I left home   all the worries escaped

From my chest   just gone, like that   crazy   how

Some places   of a kind   become warped   twisted   how

Family isn’t family   and peace craves the conscious mind

Yet resides deep within   the white bone skull   Shut Up

Will turn into   Be Quiet   Cigars become blunts   of a different

Man’s   Who I know no more   Chill

Woman he’d say   I’ve got it under control   Chill

Woman   I can’t lie to you those   crazy sunflower eyes

Remind me of your mother