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Cortland Professional Writing

Welcome to Professional Writing's digital bulletin board. We gladly accept submissions from SUNY Cortland students, regardless of major. Send your bulletin board submissions to: cortlandpwr@gmail.com

poetry | fiction | short story | non-fiction

Hello Miss Martha, I’m here to interview you for your ad in the “personals” this week.

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“Your generation is what’s wrong with the world today.”

Well hello to you too sir.

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What controls our lives?
Money? Sex? Drugs?

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I write to set myself free.
I write to settle my forever-chaotic mind.
I write to calm myself down.

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“You are a shark”

Or so I have been told by

These faceless, nameless voices

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I bought a pumpkin last week. 
It’s been sitting in the corner of my apartment 
donning a pin-striped fedora. 

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Our first date was perfect. 
When I ordered my first beer, 
you told me you never understood drinking. 

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The first time I met my roommate Kindra, I gave a huge sigh of relief.  I quickly noted her defining characteristics: outdated Aeropostale shirt, thighs that looked like they could have given birth to my own, and two oversized Harry Potter posters, directly over her bed.

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I sat and watched the acid creep up on me.

The hands below begin to lift me up as if I’m crowd surfing at a rock concert.  The screams in my ears are ringing, drowning out the sound of the greatest guitar solo to be played upon that stage.

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Staggered.

Eyes like film over a dirty floor

hands like a hammer.

“She’s gone mad,” they stammer.

Red.  

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Now you’re on your own darling
D——F#m—————-Em——A

Now the world’s unknown, and you’re
D——F#m—————-Em——A

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