Katie Vagnino

The Worst Metaphors for Our Relationship


Court transcript with the juicy parts redacted
Banquet hall buffet        wisdom teeth impacted

An ambulance driving with its siren off
Our once-firm mattress now going soft

Boring B-roll on the director's cut
Drug trial placebo         pay-per-view smut

Marathoner on mile twenty losing steam
Chernobyl, Pompeii, Hiroshima         a dream

Forgotten upon waking        a play without plot
A gift basket of fruit just starting to rot

Asleep at nine on New Year's, too drunk
To get it up         a flat tire, no spare in the trunk

A mine of conflict diamonds         soufflé that won't set
A sing-song sonnet of rhyming couplets