SEVEN | FALL 2017
Catcalls at Girls Who Don’t Smile
No, I can’t. I’m sorry. I cannot smile for you today. Please don’t ask me to smile for you today. You must think it’s been awhile since I’ve smiled. But did you know. I actually cannot smile. It hurts to smile. I’m too beautiful to smile. I literally cannot smile. My jaw is wired shut. I filed all my teeth down and there is nothing to show you. I locked my lips. I’ve lost the key. You tell me it’s almost Friday. And I should smile. But did you know. I hate Fridays and they really make me not want to smile. Did you know. I was smiling a few miles ago. I smiled while scrubbing my bathroom tiles. I smiled while I took out a garbage pile. But when I saw you and you told me to smile. I was all out. I just forgot how.
Morgan Eklund’s poetry has appeared in the North American Review, The Louisville Review, ABZ, Whiskey Island and Anima. Previous awards and nominations include: Sarabande Books’ Flo Gault Poetry Prize, the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize and a 2017 Pushcart Prize nomination. Morgan is currently working as an Arts Administrator for the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (of which she is also an alumna) and is pursuing an MFA in Writing at Spalding University.