Claire Wahmanholm

Personal Ruin



Dear blahs,
                dear hangdog, homely glumness,
dear vinegar chagrin,
                I knew I’d find you here,
where you’ve always been.
                May I sit? I begin,
then sit, sip gin and ginger ale,
                play with my napkin, rip it to snippets.

Dear bad blood,
                bad news, bad ends and bad eggs,
how many feet can we fit
                in our mouths? Let’s all choose poorly,
get drunk and surly,
                hurl on someone’s shoes,
leave the party early.

Dear ruin,
                dear Eris-eyed gal,
dear horrible hostess,
                lob that baleful apple my way,
swing a ring of gasoline around my bed,
                sling me a million
pinless grenades, fix me in your headlights.
                Gun it. If you call me,
I’ll come running.

Clare Wahmanholm holds an MFA from John Hopkins and currently studies at the University of Utah. Her recent poems appear in Measure, Rattle, and Unsplendid. She lives in Salt Lake City.