Honorable Mention: “Firefly” by Sarah Johnson

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Sarah Johnson is a Senior majoring in Creative Writing and Spanish from Billings, Montana. She writes that she loves “clear mountain mornings, golden retrievers, and the sound of crackling ice under my boots.”


Bourbon legged swagger,
creased white cowboy hats
turn towards her
nightly melodramatic entrance
to sip frothy ales and stare
at tobacco crusted fingernails;
they already know her record,
the untamed firefly
who leans over green velvet
staggers into the 8ball and shuffles
stained boots to creaky fiddle strokes,
stepping on wrecked peanut shells
which remind her
of the crumbling roses she forgot
on the counter weeks ago;
she will whisper in their ears,
hum ribbed lullabies
to apologize for empty glasses and
yesterday’s futile romance.


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