novel thoughts

Novel Thoughts by Eliana Pasternak - Photo by Hannah Rubenstein

sometimes, my mind feels like a novel
in third person (of course)
not high-brow enough to be literary fiction,
a work that should be littered with heavy criticism
so that it can be edited for its next draft.

only it’s published while it’s written;
all i can do is watch
and maybe narrate the myriad ways
the next chapter can start

but there aren’t really chapters
or segments
or breaks—
just streams of
overlapped consciousnesses,
clawing and fighting
for space on the page.

and all i can do is watch
in third person (of course)
because even though it’s my own mind,
the novel is in control.

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Eliana Pasternak is a member of the class of 2023 at the Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She plays on her school's tennis team and participates in a variety of clubs. In her free time, Eliana loves to read, write, and get outside.
Accompanying photo: “Relaxing” by Hannah Rubenstein