Plain China

Hurricane Katrina Had Left the Door Open for the Boys

by Ryan Murphy · Oberlin College
"Wave", Selena Kim · Harvard University

1

He fed us

silver in the

attic again.

 

All afternoon

our blonde stomachs

dreamt of rain.

 

Grandpa said

we'd left

the door open.

 

First the dog ran

in, and then water

filled the house.

 

We stayed

in the attic,

vomiting silver.

 

2

Eating

Silver in the

Attic again.

 

Throughout the afternoon

Blondes stomachs

I dreamed of rain.

 

Grandpa said

We had left

Open the door.

 

First, the dog ran

The water then

Filled the house.

 

We stayed

In the attic

 

3

Feed me silver.

New penthouse.

 

Throughout PM.

blonde, stomach,

I dreamed of rain.

 

Grandpa said

"We had left.

Open the door."

 

First, the dog ran

The water then

Full house.

 

we stayed

In the attic

 

4

He fed us

Silver

In the attic again.

 

All afternoon

Our blonde pregnancy

Dreamed of rain.

 

Grandfather said

"We'll leave

Open the door."

 

The first dog ran

And then in the water

Came the house.

 

We stayed

In the attic,

Silver vomiting.

About the Author

Ryan Murphy · Oberlin College

Ryan Murphy (she/her/hers) lives in rural Virginia and is currently pursuing a BA in creative writing & environmental studies at Oberlin College. "Hurricane Katrina Had Left the Door Open for the Boys" first appeared in Wilder Voice. Ryan's poetry has also appeared in Rookie and Margin. 

About the Artist

Selena Kim · Harvard University

"Wave" first appeared in The Harvard Advocate