Sitting in Whole Foods
after school, doing homework
with my boyfriend (left earbud in,
knee against his, papers scattered),
is the only time I understand
Whitman, and for once I know how to
live with being small because my essay
is finished and my playlist is looping
and my hands are whole.
May Hathaway is a high school junior in New York City who enjoys making crepes and doing crosswords.