The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

XXIV.1.CM7

 

Kelly Mogk is a teacher of young writers and a teaching consultant with the National Writing Project (NWP). Through her work with NWP, she has served as a facilitator of learning in literacy for area students and educators since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas and has recently completed the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU, where she focused on cultivating her craft as a writer. Kelly’s love of the written word crosses multiple genres, and as such her work has found a home in both fiction and nonfiction publications. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, and tinkering with photography.

poetry

Origami

Kelly Mogk, Southern Methodist University

 

i.

memory is a paper thin thing—

curls over on itself,

end searching end.

 

flattened, a crisp creased edge becomes

a sharp horizon of

possibilities.

 

did I love you?

were we kind?

your hair was short and dark

when we met; your hair was

long and light.

 

folded again, moments become

novas reborn, lighting up

long forgotten secrets.

 

tuck those away, bend the memory

into something new,

swan or crane or star—

memory in bloom.

 

 

ii.

if the blank sheet becomes so

wrinkled

      crumpled

                  and torn

that something entirely new rises from

      the rubble,

you are almost there.

 

 

iii.

how, for hours, my young son sat

folded over his creations,

a small god giving and taking life

at will, on a whim, bent to

his imagination, succumbing to

his frustrations.

with a blank sheet,

he made the world.

 

 

iv.

paper thin moments

bloom and die and reappear:

an ouroboros mind.

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