I THOUGHT CV STOOD FOR CRYSTAL VIOLET
Some use my name to
do they know
I live a graphite
Surrounded by adamantine
allotropes. I am mere pencil lead.
These moons drop
the palm of my hand.
I am using them
to build an empire of one thousand
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
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.