If I am defined by desires, this is only partial definition. Another could be capabilities. I brew smooth coffee and can French braid my own hair and that of others. I am “intuitive” about “emotion.” I work from hunches with relative success. I am proud, vain, thoughtful, and learn from my mistakes. I admire sharpness, the grit in river water. I care whether one is “put together.” I am impatient (like a child) and would argue this results from a quickness, and that from an aforementioned reliance on intuition. I am not one for “explanation.” That said, I am prone to bouts of temper—bitter when misunderstood. I burn bright, hot, and briefly. I am easily exhausted. I am seated on the roof of the house, with a view of what goes on below. No wonder.
Kayla Krut is a Fellow at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have most recently appeared in minor literature[s], Contemporary Verse 2, and Berkeley Poetry Review. She is from San Diego, California.