Runaway: A Sonnet
by Kristin Garth
You’re old enough to know how this will end.
Don’t long for anyplace you’ve ever been.
Plane ride to an imaginary friend,
details so perfect he crafts with a pen.
Nothing’s as romantic as far away.
Only a stranger can make you feel new.
His city, your setting, his lines, you say;
you’re easily written, so he’ll cast you.
A part you sink into, you even smile.
Your hair and your body, all his to convey.
You forget it’s an act after a while.
Then some new director writes you a play.
How old must you be to learn how to stay?
Will you ever not want to runaway?
Previously published in Murmur Journal, October 2017
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated sonnet stalker. Her poetry has stalked magazines like Glass, Yes, Five:2: One, Anti-Heroin Chic, Former Cactus, Occulum, Luna Luna, & many more. She has three other chapbooks Pink Plastic House and Good Girl Games (Maverick Duck Press), Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018). She has another forthcoming, Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Lit March 2019). Her full length, Candy Cigarette, is forthcoming April 2019 (The Hedgehog Poetry Press). Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie), and her website (kristingarth.com).