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Franjola, SL, My Crush in C Major


SL Franjola
Age: 15, Grade: 10

School Name: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, New York, NY
Educator: Joy Franjola

Category: Poetry

My Crush in C Major

There’s a kind of music in everything you do 
and god do I like you,
like your lilt and your step and your curve
like your name and how it fits into my mouth
three syllables all curved around the letter ‘i’
I thought I knew the words I’d need
in the hymn of the human body
and yet here I am sight reading your verse
I want to spray paint your name to the sun
so everyone could see something beautiful
Not to be dramatic 
but the other day you put your hand on my back
and I felt my vertebrae fall to the soles of my feet
resting in shards at the bottom of my converse
I would give my entire being
to hold your hand for a second
my heart jumps to my teeth when you’re near me
and I flit between love me and love me not
like the most indecisive butterfly 
You are the sweetest thing
I sing in sharpandflat
but you know the melody whole
strong and certain and so even
notes cascading like crystals from every part of you
and when you move they fall like rain
fingers nimble enough to undo me 
add me to the list of instruments you can play
My dear,
play me out soft and slow
and I’ll be waiting for 
some other time to read you into a dream