Fall Issue 2022
A head rush whenever I stand
or rise too quickly from bed.
A nagging light on a dashboard
flashing that Limp Home Mode has been activated.
Restart the engine.
The hazard resets itself
only to reappear a hundred yards down the road.
A frustrated driver
hitting the wheel when the "clear" button doesn't wipe it.
Needing the power the car won't give him
No cruise control.
He takes her to the garage and they change some parts, patch it up.
Two weeks later he's back,
the sign's still popping up on the dashboard.
Still with slow acceleration.
The mechanic shrugs
"it might be easier to buy a new car".
The driver purses his lips
shakes his head.
That won't do
he's too fond.
The mechanic rolls his eyes
fits a new engine instead.
She's good as new.
In the Heart of the Storm
He had grey eyes
as though stolen directly out their sockets from Thor -
not just for their stormy quality
but for their juxtaposition.
These were not the eyes of the boy's reserved, soothing, countenance,
these eyes were weathered,
and behind the shuddering slate greys
there lay a hint of mercury.
Poisonous, but soft,
the homesickness of a displaced soul,
the lost longing of
a marble pebble smashed in two on a cement car park,
dropped from the hand of a child
rushing for shelter from the coming storm.
His eyes presented thunder for joy,
a thunder so dense
the neighbours hid in their beds from it,
the loneliest thunder
cracking apart the sky
in the search for a single upward glance of admiration
from a brave friend.
Sitting at the bottom of the stairs in my parents' house
Staring at my hands through three thick inches of darkness
I saw dishwasher lights reflected off the glass covers of paintings on the wall
And all your habits reflected in my adoption or avoidance of them
Elizabeth Mayfield is currently studying Journalism in her first year at Staffordshire University, she finds every spare minute she can - on trains or whilst waiting for a friend in a coffee shop - to pen down any of her own fiction. For two years she's locked herself away from the world during November to write first novel drafts, and emerged in December to return to her more frequent poetry and flash fiction musings. The last few months have seen some of these more personal works mixed with a few chords and played to crowds on a much-loved acoustic guitar.