Childhood Fragments

by Favi Olmedo

Chaotic mornings. Shoes scattered across the living room floor.
Missing hairbrush, untamable bedhead.

Blurting things out at random times.
At the wrong times.

Being carried
after a bath,
to bed,
just because.

Rubbing lotion on the dog for fun.
Getting caught, acting scandalized.

Falling onto the train tracks
a recurring nightmare.
Mom’s hands, calloused but warm.

Eternal nights, full of possibilities.
Yearning. For nothing. For everything.


Listen to Favi Olmedo read her poem “Childhood Fragments” —

Favi Olmedo is a 17-year-old, first-year student at LaGuardia Community College. She is majoring in veterinary technology. She writes mostly for pleasure and is especially fond of writing poems, which sometimes draw upon her personal experiences and other times are a mix of the world around her.

Image Credit: “Empty Childhood,” Chris Bellerophon Dotson, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.