February 21, 2015

Elliot L. Armitage (age 11)

SINGING TOGETHER IN A SMALL VENTILATION HOLE

<#thatperson>“pink fuzzy slippers, hey will you miss her”
<#inmyhead>“yes, yes i will miss her #howboutyou?
<#thatperson>i like it. #howboutyou?
<#outofmymouth>it sounds awesome
<#thatperson>(gigglegiggle)
<#outofmymouth>(laugh)
<#thatperson>mmphmphmm
<#thatperson>scribblescribble
<#outofmymouth>why are you writing on the vent
<#thatperson>everybody does. look
<#outofmymouth>oh yeah
<#outofmymouth>what are you writing
<#thatperson>somethin.
<#outofmyeyes>hey did you write this
<#thatperson>(blush) maybe
<#outofmymouth>huh

from 2015 Rattle Young Poets Anthology

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Why do you like to write poetry?

Elliot L. Armitage: “When I write poetry, I feel like I empty myself and then I can start myself anew.”