Canvas

for teens, by teens

Canvas Teen Literary Journal is published quarterly in print, ebook, web, video, and audio formats.

I THOUGHT CV STOOD FOR CRYSTAL VIOLET

Joseph Felkers


Some use my name to
build aesthetics:
do they know
I live a graphite
fantasy?

Surrounded by adamantine
allotropes.  I am mere pencil lead.

These moons drop
slivers like
fingernails into
the palm of my hand.
I am using them
to build an empire of one thousand
lattices.

The strongest intermolecular
forces are the ones between my friends
and their friends.  I am insoluble.

I am tracing radicals, hearing
radicals—but I am still your limiting reagent.
I will remain hardly
ductile whilst my neighbors brag
of luster.


Joseph Felkers is a junior at Catholic Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His works appear or are forthcoming in Emerge Literary Journal, The Daphne Review, and Through the Third Eye Poetry, among others. He is a summer mentee alumnus with The Adroit Journal, a second reader for Polyphony H.S., and an ice cream connoisseur at his local parlor.

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